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Publication Day January 28 



An Offering from Everi; Brethren Church 
For Our Onlg Church Publishing House 

The Goal 

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Jesus said, "And the Gospel must be published 
among all nations." 

So seriously did Paul and Barnabas take that 
injunction, that it was said of one of the places 
of their missionary labors: 

"The word of the Lord was pubUshed through- 
out all the region." 

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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



JANUARY 



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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



Greetings and Appreciation — Editor, 

Conducting the Family Altar — Editor, 

Editorial Eeview, 

The Passing of the Year 1922 — Dr. A. D. Gnagey, 

Christian 's View of Future Life — G. T. Eonk, 

The Need of Layman Organization — (II) — H. C. Leslie, 

Discipline and Restraint — Eoy S. Long, ■. 

"America Always" — Dr. C. A. Bame, 



2 "The Prince of Peace ' '— G. C. Carpenter, 

3 Jesus Teaching Humility — G. S. Baer, 

3 Additional Information — M. J. Snyder, , 

4 White Gift Offering— I. D. Blotter, 

5 Doctrine of the Holy Spirit — Mrs. Grace Sraok, 

6 Letters from Brethren Boardman and Gribble, 12 

7 News from the Field, 13-16 

8 "Tie That Binds" and "In the Shadow," 15 



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EDITORIAL 



Greetings and Appreciation 



With this issue we are entering upon our fifth year's work to- 
gether. We have been wont to think of our relations to the readers 
of The Evangelist in somewhat the same manner as we did our rela- 
tions to our people when we were in the pastorate, though there is 
lacking that intimate personal contact that is the joy of the pastor's 
life. Yet we have grown to look upon our Evangelist family with 
no small amount of affection, and the fellowship we have been priv- 
ileged to enjoy, thoug'h carried on for most part through the mails, 
has served to enrich our lives personally and to give us a broader 
sympathy and understanding. And as we begin this new year's work, 
we can not forego the pleasure of writing a word of affectionate 
greeting to our many readers whom we humbly seek to. serve. 

We trust your life is richer, j'our purpose loftier, your determin- 
ation stronger and your hope sweeter than it was a year ago, and if 
we have been used in any small way, along with the other more direct 
and personal influences of your pastor, or other spiritual counsellors 
or teachers of the Word of God, to add some little part to your up- 
building, we shall feel abundantly repaid and happy. We have 
endeavored to bring to you the very best thought of the brotherhood 
on themes that are vital to breadth of vision, consecration of life 
and effectiveness of service. We have sought to bring promptly to 
your door, messages of progress written by fellow-workers in various 
parts of the Lord's vineyard. We have tried in every way possible 
to promote every legitimate interest of the church and to enlist wide- 
spread loyalty in their behalf. And we have ever had in mind the 
encouragement of that spirit of fraternity and co-operation, pf 
mutual helpfulness and good-will, of true Christian liberty and gen- 
uine loyalty which is so necessaiy if our church is to be a worthy 
factor in bringing in the fullness of the Kingdom of God. In these 
things we have only shared the deep-set feeling of many hearts, as 
they have been nobly expressed many times with tongue and pen. 
But it has been a matter of keen satisfaction to have been able to 
give publicity to such sentiments and aspirations. Be assured that 
whatever of encouragement, loyalty and devotion our pages may have 
inspired during the year, the joy we received from the service has 
been our reward. 

We have a very real sense of being fellow-workers with every 
active member of the church, but our fellow-feeling with the ministry 
of our church, and the problems and tasks they are facing and the 



hopes and prayers they cherish causes our hi'arts to go out in friendly 
and vital interest to every parish, so much so that we long for The 
Evangelist to be the trusted assistant of every pastor. We are 
workers together in the same great cause and are sharers of the 
same responsibilities. The challenging program that is set before 
the church in the Bicentenary Movement requires that we shall all 
work together, if success is to be achieved. The pastors and laymen 
of the congregations are in the van of the battle, upon them first 
of all the responsibility rests for any progress that is to be realized. 
But at the same time it is necessary that The Evangelist shall be 
given an opportunity to carry its message to every fireside, if we are 
to have intelligent and wide-spread co-operation. We believe its 
pages are indispensible to the correlation of our plans and efforts 
aud the sharing of one another 's joys and successes. The deepened 
piety, the enlarged vision, the persistent loyalty and the active co- 
operation in both general and local efforts on the part of the ranX. 
and file of our church,,' depend in a very large measure on bringing 
the instruction, inspiration and news which The Evangelist carries 
from week to week under the notice of every member. The alxtent 
of the fellowship we are permitted to enjoy and the service we are 
pennitted to render in our relations with pastors and people through- 
out the brotherhood depends on the homes we are permitted to enter. 
We have rejoiced in the warm friendship cultivated and opportuni- 
ties of entering into the tasks and problems of so many pastorates 
by the placing of The Evangelist in every home. And we crave not 
less, but larger opportunities of helpfulness during the coming year. 
Pastors and leaders of thought and activity from every section 
have given the most heartj^ co-operation in our efforts to make The 
Evangelist ring true to Brethren idealism, which is the whole Gos- 
pel of Christ. Our constant effort has been to make our- official organ 
representative of the thought of the entire brotherhood by enlisting 
the service of writers from all parts. The response we have received 
has been gratifying to us, and the results seem to have been appre- 
ciated by our many readers. We take no cerdit to ourselves but 
acknowledge that the fine and widespread co-operation that has been 
given, has made The Evangelist the valued paper that our readers 
tell us it is. The success is God's blessing on our united efforts. 
May we be worthy of his gracious benediction in large measure dur- 
ing the coming year. God bless you all. 



JANUARY 3, 1923 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



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Conducting the Family Altar 

A letter is at tand from one of our good pastors stating that he 
finds many earnest folks are at sea as to just what the family altar 
is and how to conduct it. He suggests that we give a little space to 
these x'oints. So much has appeared in The Evangelist concerning 
prayer and the family altar that we had come to suppose that about 
the only problem left was to bring folks to appreciate the impor- 
tance of it sufficiently to undertake it, but it may be that we have 
been taking too much for granted. However, in a late issue of The 
Evangelist — December 6 — Dr. Bame answered the question, "What is 
a family altar?" and offered suggestions as to how to conduct it. 
But we will gladly add a few suggestions by way of emphasis. 

The family altar is, in our opinion, the getting together of the 
members 'of the family for divine worship, consisting of at least Bible 
reading and prayer. Strictly speaking, we would not consider prayer 
by different members of the family each at his own time and place 
to constitute a family altar. We have nothing to say against such 
practice, if it is persisted in, and some members do not get careless 
_or forget it. Every Christian ought to have some time for private 
prayer if he is to have his individual needs most satisfactorily met. 
But there is much lost to the parents and more to the children, if 
there is not an assembling of the whole family for a devotional read- 
ing of the Word and prayer at least once a day. 

Place and time. In our opinion it is a good plan to have a 
special place to meet. If it is practicable, it is well to have a par- 
ticular room designated as the room of prayer w'here all shall meet 
at a set time each day. Or worship may be conducted at the table 
just following breakfast, or following the evening meal, when all are 
usually present. The time problem is most difficult to solve in fam- 
ilies of considerable size. In homes where some members must go to 
work early in the morning it is often found that the evening, just 
before retiring, is the most convenient. The amount of time to be 
devoted to such service will vary; with the program. 

Program and schedule. By the program we mean that of which 
the worship consists. At the start it might consist simply of a Bible 
reading by the head of the house, followed by a prayer by himself. 
Or he might read, then ask other members of the family to pray 
while he closes the service with a prayer. Or the Scripture lesson 
may be read verse about by those present, or each take turns in 
reading from day to day, w*hile one may offer the prayer and all join 
in the Lord's prayer. Where there are children in the home it is 
a good plan to give them some part in the service, especially to teach 
them to pray. Songs may be sung if thoug'ht advisable. By a sched- 
ule we mean to have something definite in the way of Scripture 
readings, and not to open the Bible at random and read from what- 
ever portion the eye happens to light upon. One plan is to read 
some particular book, as for example the Gospel of John, reading a 
portion each day. Some start at the beginning of the Bible, or of 
the New Testament and read straight through to the end. Some 
follow the daily readings -in connection with the Sunday school les- 
son, and this is a practicable plan, for almost every one has access 
to a Sunday school lesson help of some sort containing the daily 
readings. They are to be found each week on the Sunday school page 
of The Evangelist. Some use books prepared for family worship, *in 
which are found suitable Scriptures and suggestive prayers. There 
are a number of good books in print. Some follow still other sched- 
ules, which may not be of interest to the beginner. Perhaps the 
larger number would find it most satisfactory when setting up a fam- 
ily altar to begin with reading some New Testament book, or using 
the Sunday school daily readings. May God bless those who are 
sufficiently interested to inquire about it. We hope to make The 
Evangelist more serviceable for those who conduct family worship. 
May many altars be set up on January 14, never to crumble. 

EDITORIAL REVIEW 



We are informed that twin daughters arrived at the home of 
Brother Lester V. King, pastor at Lydia, Maryland, and that mother 
and daughters are doing fine. Congratulations to Brother and Sister 
King. Maybe these little princesses wiU become ambassadors of the 
King of kings some day. 



The excerpts from Brother Gribble's letters, though long delayed, 
will still be of great interest because of the light cast upon the 
many-sided labors of an ingenious pioneer missionary. 

Our correspondent from Mt. Etna, Iowa, speaks in high terms of 
the evangelistic efforts of Brother R. Paul Miller. There were four 
conversions, and many received spiritual renewing, yet the correspond- 
ent thinks the outlook for the cause not very bright. 

The many friends of Miss Florence Bickel will be glad to 
respond to the suggestion of Brother MeOlain to send her gi'eetings 
at New York, as she is leaving or is on her way to France and then 
to the African mission field. See her address on page 16. 

Brother J. H. Peck, the correspondent of the Compton Avenue 
church of Los Angeles, reports the commendable progress realized 
during the year. Brother N. V. Leatherman is the industrious and 
consecrated pastor and has been retained for another year. 

More about that Sunday School Upbuilding Campaign is to be 
found in this issue. Don't fail to read it carefully and understand 
it correctly if your school is entering and if it is not, maybe it would 
do your school good to get in. A little stirring up wouldn't hurt 
any of our schools, we trow. Warsaw is anxious for more company. 

Dr. L. L. Garber, of the department of EngUsh and Education 
of Ashland College, writes some interesting "College Echoes." His 
remarks about the highly religious atmosphere cast about the stu- 
dent body should cause the many friends of Ashland College to be 
grateful that such a condition exists in our church's only school, 
school. 

Brother A. B. Cover reports his evangelistic and secretarial labors 
for his district at Buena Vista, Virginia, where he assisted the pas- 
tor. Brother C. C. Haun, in establishing the people more firmly in the 
faith, also at Mt. Airy, North Carolina, where the people are un- 
shepherded and the future seems uncertain. It would seem to be 
profitable if it were made possible for the secretary-evangelist to 
upend more time in such needy fields. 

A successful meeting was recently concluded at North Manches- 
ter, Indiana, under the leadership of Brother I. D. Bowman, who had 
the assistance of Brother B. F. Flora who did personal work in the 
homes. Brother Bowman finds Prof. J. E. Schutz, the pastor, a very 
busy and highly valued man in the community and greatly loved 
by all the people. We have here one of the strong churches of the 
brotherhood and a very loyal and substantial people. 

Brother W. A. Gearhart, Home Mission Secretary, reports for a 
period of weeks and calls attention of Christian Endeavor societies to 
the fact that they are not contributing to the support of the Ken- 
tucky work as they used to do. No one should gi'ow weary in well 
doing. Because the Board ceased to consume valuable conference 
time by taking pledges, we ought not to neglect our duty in this 
regard. General Home offerings are reported good. 

In addition to the names of Brethren Eonk and Thomas, recently 
mentioned as not having full evangelistic schedules for the entire 
winter, Brother C. C. Grisso's name should have appeared in that 
connection. Brother Grisso has also demonstrated his po-\yer as an 
evangelist and we commend him to those needing such service. These 
■with the other men who are in the field constitute an able group of 
evangelists and it is to the interest of the church that they all be 
kept busy. 

Ftom Louisville, Ohio, comes a report of a stirring revival ted 
by Brother Paul Miller. His preaching and consecration were great- 
ly appreciated by these people who themselves are a serious minded 
and loyal group. The number of converts and reconsecrations testify 
to the added strength that is doubtles.s thro^\'n into the working 
force of this congregation. They are as yet without a pastor since 
Brother Eiddle's leaving to take up the work at Bryan, Ohio. 

The first report of White Gifts appears on the Sunday school 
page and it shows, as the Treasurer, Brother Blotter, suggests, a com- 
mendable interest in the work of the Sunday School Association. The 
offerings are not only good, but they are getting into the hands of 
the treasurer quite promptly. It is always a good sign wihen churches 
and schools take care of their offerings without undue delay. It is 
encouraging to note the increase in amounts thus far reported, and 
we have a suspicion that there are some still larger increases Boon 
to com«. 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



JANUARY 3, 1923 



GENERAL ARTICLES 



The Passing of the Year 1922 

By_A. D. Gnagey, Editor Sunday School Literature 



The passing of the Old Year is always accompanied with 
a certain feeling of sadness. There is a measure of pathos 
in the passing of anything. It reminds us that evanescence 
is written on all things human; that the continuity of our 
physical being is at best a matter of a few decades only. The 
brevity of human life on its physical side has been made the 
subject of much musing. The thought of the passing years 
inspired Moses to pour forth in mournful tones the words 
of the memorable ninetieth psalm. The thought of separa- 
tion, whether of given conditions, or of locality, or of 
friends whose lives have become interwoven with our own, 
brings with it feelings of mingled sorrow and sadness, ' ' We 
must part as all men have parted" Dean Swift declares is 
the most pathetic sentence in human biography. 

And so, too, it has come to pass that we loath to part 
with the Old Year, though no doubt in the lives of many of 
us there have been certain experiences from wliich we would 
gladly separate ourselves. And if the dying of the Old 
Year would mean the passing of those experiences which 
have given us inward pain, we should hail "with unmeasured 
joy its departure; and indeed it could not too quickly take 
its leave. But the Old Year has also been a real friend to 
most of us and we loath to part with it. Whether we Avill 
or not, there steals over us all unconsciously, a feeling of 
sadness, as if parting with a dear friend with whom we 
have lived in most intimate relations for three hundred and 
sixty-five days. There is no want of merry-making at this 
season of the year, and no lack of happy New Year wishes 
and elfort at good cheer, but these do not save us from the 
experiences which inevitably accompany the parting of 
friends. With all the merry-making, "^^dtll the shouts of 
happy hearts, the firmg of gmis and cannon, deep down in 
the human heart is a feeling that at the precise moment on 
the night of December 31 when the hour and minute hands 
of the clock point to twelve, we say "Good-bye," (which 
being interpreted is, "God be with you,") to a veiy dear 
friend whom we shall never again meet. It is the parting 
with a friend who has done us many good turns, and the 
taking in of one who is as yet a stranger to us. 

But whether we like to leave the Old Year or not, it is 
leaving us, to make its abode in the silence of the eternal 
past. Before the writer shall have opportunity for another 
message to the readers of this publication, the records of the 
Old Year will have been closed and stored away in the 
archives of him who is the God of the years, awaiting the 
final assize when the "books shall be opened," and "an- 
other book." Nothing is more certain than that promptly 
at twelve of the clock on the night of December .31 Avill 
take place the dying of the year 1922 and the birth of the 
year 1923. The thought provokes seriousness rather than 
merry-making. We can easily understand why the writer 
of the ninetieth psalm should speak of our years as a tale 
that is told, and exhort us to so number oui" days that Ave 
may apply our hearts unto wisdom's ways. 

Thus will the Old Year slip away from us, and the 
seriousness of the parting is increased at the thought of the 
unchangeableness of its record. "What we have wi-itten we 
have written," is as true of the year 1922 as it was of the 
words Pilate had written, and more so, for he could have 
changed his Avriting. There is a sense in which God himself 
can not change the record. The words we have spoken, 
whether kind or unkind ; the deeds we have done, have now 
become part of our very selves. There is no such thing as 
recalling the words, spoken or written, that have gone forth 
either to cheer some heart or to wound feelings that can be 



hurt with rudeness. Time may heal the wound, but the 
scar remains. If we have wronged any one during the year 
of our Lord 1922, infinite power itself can not undo the act. 
There is atonement for wrong-doing, but no undoing of the 
act. The blood of Christ can make the foulest clean, but it 
can not bring back to life the murdered man. The thief 
may return his plunder — what of the virtue he has robbed? 
The broken limb may be reset and healed, but what of de- 
spoiled character? No power on earth can mend the 
detached blade of grass or replace on its stem so as to rean- 
imate the plucked or crushed daisy. There are some things 
that can not be made over. A cruel deed may be forgiven; 
the memory of it is imperishable; the fact remains forever 
a fact. 

What then shall we do? Must the wrong-doer, the 
wounder of human feeling, the worker of injustice — must 
he now live the rest of his days with a memory that recalls 
and a conscience that smites? Is nature so cruel as that? To 
a degree that is true. The wrong-doer must suffer the pen- 
alty of his Avrong-doing. If you have wounded a heart, the 
scar that remains after its healing may be to you the pun- 
ishment of which Cain complained when he said, "My pun- 
ishment is greater than I can bear." Must we then carry 
with us over into the New Year the things that have caused 
pain and iinhappiness and misery? The thought is distract- 
ing, but what can we do? Several things: 

(1) We may leave behind us to pass with the Old Year 
all the grudges and petty jealousies which the year brought 
with it. We can not afford to carry quarrels over into the 
New Year, or to try to trade them on the memory of its past 
mistrials and misunderstandings. The New Year will have 
burdens of its own Aidthout carrying over from the Old 
Year the grudges and quarrels which should be allowed to 
die with the year. If there is such a thing as an Old Year 
season, it ought to be made a mellowing time, and in its 
alemic of love, old grudges, old piques, old jealousies, 
should be melted up and destroyed. There is much rubbish 
in every year, which should be cleansed up and put out of 
the way before bells peal their welcome for the New Year. 
All our resolutions for a cleaner record during the year 1923 
M'ill be of little avail unless so far as possible an effort is 
made at cleaning up the old. Enough indeed will go over 
into the New Year of those things wliich it is impossible to 
leave behmd. A past heredity stole into 1922, and a past 
heritage will go over in large part into 1923. No year stands 
alone and aloof in history; it is linked up with its prede- 
cessors and its successors, not merely mechanically, but 
vitally and organically. The New Year will be inevitably 
handicapped in some degree by the Old Year residues and 
relics, but a brave, manful effort should be made to establish 
in 1923 a new heredity, an improved habitude, a purified 
social custom, a more enlightened visualization of duty, and 
to be passed on in turn to 1924. 

(2) We may resolve, and by the grace of God make 
effective our resolution, that the year 1923 shall be the best 
of all the years God has given us; and we shall miserably 
fail of our opportunities, both as individuals and as a 
church, if we do not make it so. BA^ery year of our life is 
a unit in the sum total Avhich represents our personal respon- 
sibility. Whatever may have been the mistakes, the failures, 
the sorroAvs, the sins, the losses, the disappointments, the 
defeats of 1922, if we are Avise we shall quickly set ourselves 
to the task of transforming them into means of grace for the 
coming year. As a church and as individuals we shall but 
increase our responsibility if we fail to profit by the fail- 



JANUARY 3, 1923 



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ures of the past. Every new experience, every event of the 
year 1922, whether it regi.stered for ils a defeat or a 
triumph, should be made, and, may be made, a stepping 
stone in the attainment of larger and better things during 
the coming year. 

(3) A new chance lies before each one of us as the 
year 1923 begins its existence. The mistakes of the Old 
Year have been many; its sins have been more. The latter 
may be atoned for by the merit of a supplicated Savior, and 
the mistakes need not be repeated in 1923. Each New Year 
lirings i\-ith it a fresh page to be mscribed with shining sen- 
timents and noble actions. The. Old Year has been blotted 
here and there, and we moui'n over all its follies, but by 



the grace of God we turn with hope to the future. We can- 
not change the record of the past; we can not undo what 
has been done; even God does not promise to do that. The 
best we can do is to make it, not that it has not been, but 
as THOUGH it had not been. That divine grace alone can 
do for us, and more we dare not ask. Nature knows no for- 
giveness ; its degrees are inexorable ; its demands are cruel ; 
it exacts the last penalty. Our only hope is in God; He 
gives us a new chance. Thanks to the Old Year, alike for 
its sorrows and its joys; its adversities and its "prosperity; 
its failures and its successes ; its defeats and its triumphs. 
Welcome, New Year, with whatever it may liave in store 
for us. Through all its proffered experiences our God vdth 
his unfailing love and power will sustain us. 



THE GROUND WORK OF CHRISTIAN FAITH 

A Series of Popular and Practical Treatments by Various Representative Brethren 
The Christian's View of the Future Life. By g. t. Ronk 



No view of man or the universe can rightly be called a 
Christian view unless its perspective is adjusted beyond the 
limits of the grave. Belief in a future life is so universal 
■ that it is almost impossible to find a people, ancient or mod- 
ern, that has not had a definite conception of life beyond the 
grave. The rare exceptions are confined to the would-be in- 
r tellectuals of history and but a very iew of them. 
P The Christian view of the future is in a superior class 

by itself because of its simple and rational outlines, based 
on the phrposes of an orderly, lovuig, active, self -revealing 
and omnipotent Creator and God who has bridged for all 
time the gap between matter and spirit, between the finite 
and infinite, by two tremendous acts of fiat : first, the stoop- 
ing of the infinite to the finite, and of spirit to matter, by 
the incarnation of the only Begotten Son; second, the exal- 
tation of the finite to the infinite, of the material to the 
spiritual by the .dynamics of the new birth. As pure and 
lovely rationalism, perfectly attested by historical and liv- 
ing evidence, I commend this thought to the earnest study of 
all who are inclined to materialism or Unitarianism. 

The Christian view of the future is inextricably inter- 
twined with the Christian view of God. Heaven is a condi- 
tion of association with our Father, the Infinite and Spirit- 
ual, after escape from ourselves, with our burden of the finite 
and material, under which the whole creation groaneth and 
travaileth in pain, waiting for our adoption, to wit, the re- 
demption of our body. Having by the di\dne acts redeemed 
us, that is by the material and dynamic acts of the Incarna- 
tion, with its atonement and resurrection, and the Eegenei'- 
ation, Tdth its spiritual being, it is our privilege and God's 
good pleasure that "we shall be his people and God himself 
shall be with them and be their God. And God shall wipe 
away all tears from their eyes ; and there shall be n.o more 
death, neither sorrow or crying, neither .shall there be any 
more pain; for the former things are pa.ssed away" (Rev. 
21). Farewell mortality, humanity, finiteness, materiality! 
Di-aw near! immortality, divinity, infinity, spirituality, 
heaven. This is the Christian view of the future life : a 
rational view, based on rational, material acts of pure Deity, 
namely. Incarnation and Regeneration; with a rational and 
loving purpose, namely, the quickening of our mortal bodies 
by his Spirit (Rom. 8:11) that he might have the joy of our 
fellow.ship as his sons by adoption (Rom. 8:15, 39). Where 
in all the man-made systems can one find an appraisal of 
the worth and destiny of man like that! 

The Future Life as a Motive 

In this general sketch of the future life with God as 
loving and self-sacrificing Father and ourselves in a condi- 
tion of blessed assurance and fellowship, we can all agree. 
But what importance should we attach to the teaching? 



Should we have a system, a theology, based on the careful 
study of the Bible, taken at its face value 1 paradox of 
paradoxes, much of the thinking and writing of this age, 
this scientific age, with its infinite research, analysis and 
classification of everything under the sun, has denied the 
value of a similar method applied to revelation — except 
scientifically classified doubt — and calls everything beyond 
the general sketch outlined above, miscMevous and unwor- 
thy, because our fathers, forsooth, having nothing better to 
do, played acrobatics m this field for mental exercise. 
Would not the same line of reasoning rule out modern medi- 
cine because medievalists played at alchemy and hocus- 
pocus ? 

But hoM' far should the future life be urged as a motive 
for conduct '? What should be the Christian 's view about the 
future life? Is your religious modernist I'ight when he 
urges the complete discard of all the fine old hymns with 
lofty aspirations for home, heaven, rest, safety and personal 
bliss because (he urges) they are selfish, imsocial and in foul 
perspective of the things of God? 

To both paragraphs above we would reply with the 
definite word of God. STUDY to show thyself approved 
unto God. a WORIvMAN that needeth not to be ashamed, 
RIGHTLY DIVIDING the word of truth" (II Tim. 2:15), 
"and be ready always to give an ANSWER to every man 
that asketh you a REASON of the HOPE that is in, you" 
(1 Peter 3:15). The future life is certainly a motive here, 
demanding a S5^stematized knowledge or theology of the be- 
liever. 

Moreover, the longing for heaven and its blessed asso- 
ciations Aidth. our father is no more unworthy or unsocial 
than the longings of the Avandering boy for the old fireside 
and his old, gray haired mother at Christmastide. One 
would need a whole box of handles to his scholarship to 
gain applause for a tirade against the latter. All that is 
needed to rid the world of the leader.sliip of a few intellec- 
tual fools is a little clear thinking (1 Cor. 3:18). 

Hear the word of God: "and heal the sick that are 
therein. . . notwithstanding, in this rejoice not, that the 
snirits are subject imto you ; but rather rejoice, BECAUSE 
YOI^R NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN" (Luke 10: 
9-20). The seventy were seiTt out on a great primary mis- 
sion, the annunciation of the kingdom, with a great second- 
ary mission, the amelioration of social conditions in a woi-ld 
of pain and wrong; they came back with the horn of their 
vi'^^ion wrong end to, and Jesus reminded them the primary 
thing was their hope of fellow.ship with God. Likewise the 
firsthand greatest commandment is, "Thou shalt love the 
Lord thy God" and the fCeond thereto, but eternally the 
second, "is "Thou "holt love thy neighbor as thyself." 

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motive of the Christian life in a LONGING FOE THE FU- 
TURE LIFE. 

Bible Teaching on the Future Life 

Since, then, the future life is a primary interest of the 
child of God, and since it is not only a privilege but a duty 
to systematize God's teaching that we may give an apt an- 
swer to the inquirer concerning this interest and hope, let 
us see what the Bible does teach. It certainly does not 
teach that heaven is one uniform place- and condition for all 
the blessed for all time and eternity, with feathery Avinged 
angels ministering to happy but drowsy spirits in an atmos- 
phere of slow music ; where the population is perpetually 
added to with weary spirits from a pei"petually enduring 
race; where the lover greets the unchanged love, where the 
mother receives again in her arms after four score years the 
smiling infant. Such a conception many of us gained in 
childhood from dear old prints of dreamy, long dead artists, 
trained under classical and not Christian influence. On the 
one hand, ^ve let go these old notions with a regretful pang ; 
and on the other, their prevalence is responsible for current 
indifference to the claims of the future life. Your most 
strenuous objector to the systematic study of the revelation 
on this fascinating subject is no one else than your trained 
man, trained to analysis and classification in everything else, 
but ready to assault the intelligence of one who will take 
such a subject seriously. Yet it is one of the most fascin- 
ating subjects in the Word. 

1. The final heaven of the Christian's hope is not yet 
created. John 14 :2 ; Rev. 21 :1, 2. It awaits the consumma- 
tion of the present order. It will probably be progressively 
recreated into eternity and through eternities Rev. 21 :5 ; 
21:3. 

2. The blessed dead now exist in some state of safety 
and bliss of which we get a figure in "Abraham's bosom" 
(Luke 16:22). As a place it possibly differed for Jews and 



Gentiles, post-deluvian and ante-deluvian (1 Peter 3:19; 
Matt. 27:53). 

At the coming of the Lord these blessed dead with the 
redeemed living are to be caught up to meet the Lord in the 
air. The Moses type and the Elijah type, the dead and the 
translated, forming the Bride for the Marriage supper. Read 
Matthew 16 :28 and for a solution of its mystery read on : 
17:1-8. Note the similar connection and sequence in Mark 
9:1-8. See 1 Cor. 15:51-58; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rom. 11:25; 
Rev. 19 :6-10 ; Matt. 8 :11. Many others. 

4. This marshalling of the hosts of the blessed, this 
great foregathering, is doubtless of short duration in prep- 
aration for great activity to follow, when the King shall 
show himself for judgment (Matt. 24 :27 ; 25 :31 ; 2 Thess. 2 : 
1-8; Matt. 19:28). 

5. Angelic activity follows, during which the redeemed 
minister to the race of men still living m some sort of 
priestly sense, during an age which is the antithesis of this 
materialistic one (Rev. 1:6, 7; 20:1-6). That the race of men 
persists is shown by the reversion to ordinary conduct when 
Satan is loosed once more (Rev. 20:7-10). This is followed 
by the final end of the race Avith the final assizes of Rev. 20 : 
11-15, also by the material upheaval wliich precedes the final 
working over of the material creation (2 Peter 3:1-12, 13). 

6. Then follows the new heaven and the new earth 
which is doubtless founded on a material basis (Rev. 21 :1) ; 
the activities of the Adam line has ceased, the unfit have 
passed into outer darkness, and the new epoch opens with 
the Father, the Begotten Son and his many brethren dwell- 
ing together in close communion (Rev. 21:3). The curtain 
is not lifted on what shall foUoAv, Isut what we know of our 
dynamic and creative God leads us to believe he will not 
change his essential nature, which is one of activity, and 
that his sons will be with him, whatever the program. 

Des Moines, Iowa. 



The Need of Layman Organization. By Howard c. Leslie . 

{Address at Layman's session at the late General Conference at Winona Lake, Indiana. Being published in tivo parts. Part IL) 



As a Layman's Organization we have made some steps 
toward the realization of the first two great airas of this 
movement. But a third exists in a field hitherto scarcely 
touched. That is to create a greater enthusiasm for the edu- 
cational work of the church. Education and cfEiciency ever 
go liand in hand. And only in so far as a church has an 
educated laity can that church expect to rise to the heights. 
Edtication, as far as the grammar grades or the high school 
is concerned, is taken care of by the state. No church or 
group of churches could expect to erect as splendid exam- 
ples of educational institutions as does the state in provid- 
ing secondary schools. But here the education of the state 
largely ends. It is true that every state provides colleges 
for the training of professional men and -M'omen. But there 
is an element lacking in any state controlled college. There 
is too much materialism and too little spirituality ; too much 
study of science or of language without the saving grace of 
Jesus Christ. It is to provide the church with ed'ucation 
that Ashland College has been provided. But how few lay 
members are there in attendance. Of the 150 that were in 
attendance only about 20 lay students came from Brethren 
homes. Why is this so? It is because we have never learned 
to support the college. We have given some money to it, 
but we have never given it the full place in our hearts and 
affections that is its due. In sending young men and young- 
women to college we have been moved by lesser considera- 
tions. We have let the idea of a strict literary education 
oversway our desire for the best. We have conceived that 
a knowledge of many things is superior to an education for 
life. Surely no life can be called such that fails to take into 
account the greatest depths of life and of religion. No state 
endowed school can provide this. The .talent of a state 



school is to provide an amplification of the three R's — 
Readin,' 'Ritin', 'Rithmetick. But the Bible is left out. 
Religion is left out. High ideals are left out. Parents, con- 
.sider these things when you send your children to college. 
Young men and young Avomen, you who stand on the verge 
of life, consider these things. Is any education that fails to 
bring the best really worth while? Why be satisfied wdth 
mediocre things whei; the best is at your hand? Ashland not 
only provides a literary or professional education, but it 
lays special emphasis upon right living and right thinking. 
Above all, the Word of Jesus Christ is magnified. We have 
given money to the college. Whj not entrust the lives and 
hearts of the Brethren youth to it, Here is another of our 
duties as Brethren laymen. In our local congregations let 
committees be appointed, committees who are heart and soul 
for Ashland College. Let them urge the claims of Ashland 
upon the children even while they are in the grades. When 
any member of a Brethren home is thinking of attending 
college, impress upon him the advantage of a Christian col- 
lege. Local committees can do much in this way. But a 
fully organized layman's body can do much more. In all 
let us seek to impress more and more the advantages of the 
Brethren college, the school where Christ is held high, where 
ideals that are worth while are imparted. Only in this way 
can we ever expect to have a fully trained laity, a laity 
trained not only in the externals of life, but to the fullest 
degree in the fundamentals thereof. 

But there is a perhaps still more serious problem. We 
all know of the lack of competent Brethren ministers. The 
day when a man who felt the call to preach could rise out 
of obscurity to act as a leader has long since passed. When 
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speak with authority. But today the ministry is a trained 
calling. Our pastors must be taught. The times demand 
that they must be educated before they seek to act as true 
leader's of their congregations. But there is one thing that 
most of us overlook when we are considering the call of 
ministers to the Gospel. That is that they, as laymen, very 
often receive their call while receivuig the larger benefits 
of Ashland College. Still more feel the call to missionary 
activity while within those walls. , For this reason alone, if 
for no other, we should support the College and the Sem- 
inary. Some there are, however, who feel the call to service 
while on the farm or in tlie shop. They feel the need of a 
.special education. to fit them for their chosen work. Some of 
them have sufficient money laid away to finance their nee- 
essai-y expenses while in college. Others, however, there 
are who are not so well blessed with this world's goods. This 
class of men and women, willing to take up the Master's 
•work, but unable to carry it on^-ard owing to financial dif- 
ficulties, merits our special consideration as laymen. Here 
are those Avho can do what we could not. They are -willing 
and anxious to enter upon the fullness of their work, with 
nothing holding them back except a lack of money. It was 
to help in such cases that the Students' Aid Fund Commit- 
tee was created last year by this organization. The object 
of this conunittee was to create a fund that could be loaned 
to deserving students who wished to enter the ministry or 
the mission field. So far the reports have indicated some 
progress, although not as much as might be hoped for. But 
the work is growing. And this year will see several students 



studying for the ministry who would have not been in 
school had it not been for this fund. Heretofore, many able 
men and women have found it impossible to complete their 
Seminary career through lack of funds. It is to prevent 
any such lapses in the future that we laymen can assist. 
This is a ser^dce of money, but it is a service for the Lord, 
inasmuch as it is used in the advancement of the Kingdom. 

I have tried to sketch some of the ways in which the 
laymen, as individuals and as an organization, may assist in 
the greater development of the church. In the past we have 
depended wholly on the mmisters. AVe have followed where 
they led. We have had no real aims to be acMeved, no goal 
to be gained. Small wonder then that we have been unable 
to do any great work for the Lord. Now the time has come 
\vhen we must luiite to reach our greatest ambitions. Unite 
that our hearts may be tuned together ! Umte that we may 
work together doing the Master's will. Unite that dissen- 
tions may cease, and that we may present one front to the 
^\"orld ! Hitherto we have pulled each one in his o^\ai way, 
ofttimes to the weakening of the church. "We are not quar- 
]-eling about doctrines or about creeds. But we are serious- 
ly concerned about deeds. We have fields of labor before us, 
but not until we present a united front as the great body 
of the church will be we capable of doing the greatest good. 
Dissentions breed weakness. Laxness on the part of some 
endangers the cause of all. In union, and in union alone, 
may there be found strength. Let us work together in the 
vineyard of the Lord. 

Nappanee, Indiana. 



Discipline and Restraint in the Modern Home. By Roy s. Long 



Of all organizations among us there is none we know 
■ better than the home. In it we each have taken our place. 
We have shared in its comforts, sorrows and joys. We have 
one and all contributed to its accomplishments. Upon its 
accomplishments the city has been builded and the nation 
founded. Upon the maiatenance of the home the nation 
shall stand, upon the overthrow of the home the nation shall 
fall. Many feel that we are living in the latter state, — 
where the home has lost its power, its attraction. , We hear 
a loud cry from every direction for help. 

The modern home is not the liome of a hundred or more 
years ago. The modern home has everytliing in keeping 
with the day in which we live. The home should be the place 
in which the primary task is the rearing of the young. I am 
not trying to tell how many members there should be in a 
home, but I am willing to say that no home is a home in the 
largest sense in wliich the voice of children is not heard. 
The efforts of the parents should not be spent alone upon 
the making of dollars but rather the moulding and fashion- 
ing of the lives of the children into vessels of honor to the 
home, church, state and nation. 

"The task as outlined is a big one. All true parents feel 
the weight of this great responsibility. Some have labored 
at it honestly, some half-heartedly, others have not labored 
at all. : As a result homes have been sacrificed, and children 
have gone astray. Many occupants of such homes have 
foiind their way into our courts. They were weighed in the 
balances and justice meted out to them. Some are dismissed 
by the judge giving a little timely warning. Some are sent 
to some penal institution, some pay the penalty of capital 
punishment. What a waste of young life ! What a loss to 
the nation! All because (or ufsually so) some home has not 
functioned propeiiy. Some parents have failed to do their 
whole duty. 

What shall I suggest as a remedy for this great evil? 
It seems to be growing worse and Avorse each year. The 
subject at hand -would suggest the exercise of discipluie and 
restraint as a timely remedy. Yet I feel sure we are not all 
ready to unite upon this treatment. The application of 
discipline and restraint is Biblical but perhaps not modern. 



If we find it to be Biblical, even though not modern, I think 
it will be well to cling to it. "He that spareth his rod hat- 
eth his son, but he that loved him chasteneth him" (Prov. 
19:18). "And ye fathers, provoke not your children to 
wrath, but bring them up ui the nurture and admonition of 
the Lord" (Eph. 6:4). I could bring to our attention many 
other references to prove that the exercise of discipline and 
restraint in the home is Biblical and that the creator of life 
and the preserver of the same is also able to chasteneth it. 

We A\ill all agree then that the application of discipline 
and restraint is Biblical and we are compelled to look into it 
farther. Discipline and restraint do not mean the same 
thing to all parents. To some it means a relentless Avield- 
ing of the rod for every offense. To others it means a word 
of chastisement. To others a sharp look, or a shake of the 
finger, or a word of warning. No two eliildren are tem- 
pered just alike. No one method of discipline or restraint 
can be meted out to all alike. What may be helpful to the 
one will be ruinous to another. Each child's case must be 
treated separately and studied carefully and prayerfully. 
But the I'od of correction must not be .spared, if our chil- 
dren are to be saved, and the future homes be homes in 
which God is revered and his statutes kept. 

The tendencies of the times seem to be after this wise. 
Some years ago I was in Indiana preaching. A mother said 
to me, in .speaking of her son, "Brother Long, what can we 
d'o," speaking of herself and her husband, "in order to 
make a man of our boy?" This boy had a gun and a dog. 
The fatlier had a farm and kept a liired hand to help work 
the farm. In answering the mother's question I said, "Take 
the boy's gun and slioot tlie dog and throw the gun in the 
river; discharge tlic hired man and put the boy to work; 
v\'ork is the only remedy." The mother i-eplied by sajdng, 
"Well, the father had it very hard at his home, the rod of 
discipline and i/estraint was very heavy and he says his boy 
is not to suffer as did he." Hence, he was willing to sacri- 
fice his oiily son to spare the rod. Yet the treatment of the 
father in his home made a man of him and a possessor of 
wealth but the treati-nent of his son was wasting a young 
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TEXT: 



America Always. By Dr. Charles a. Bame 

Blessed is the nation whose God. is the Lord, and the people whom he hath chosen for his 

own inheritance. — Psalms 33:12. 



(Editorial Note. — The following sermon was preached to "one 
of the largest Thanksgiving Day audiences that has gathered for a 
long time in Mille,dgeville, Illinois," and afterwards; published in 
part in the Milledgeville daily paper, which remarked concerning the 
high favor in which it was received. It is here reproduced as pre- 
viously published). 

Only 430 years ago, this continent was discovered in 
a way that the world knew of it and appreciated it ; 146 
years ago, in the inn mortal Declaration of Independence, the 
colonies, young, frail, small became free, proved by the sur- 
render of Cornwallis and the English armies in 1781. One 
hundred and thirty-five years ago, they beca;me one govern- 
ment under the Constitution, and in that time have grown 
to be the mightiest nation under the skies. In one hundred 
and' thirty-five years, they have come where China has not 
in 4000 years, Japan has not in 2500 years, Greece has not in 
2000 years, the governments of Europe have not in 1500 to 
2000 years. '\\Tiat in America has made her the creditor 
nation, the leading and most powerful nation of all the gov- 
ernments of the world? These are not the result of chance. 
They have a i-eason and deep-seated it is. It is for us to 
know and profit by it. One wiseacre says it is resources: 
great mines, forests and plains of rich land, enriched by her 
own verdure for centuries. But it is not ; Africa has greater 
resources than our beloved land. Another says it is the 
wliite race ; but the white race has been in Europe for many 
hundreds of years. No, if you wish to know the secret of 
a mighty nation you must look in the Book that says, 
' ' Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. " Or " Right- 
eousness exalteth a nation but sin is a reproach to any peo- 
ple;" or again, "The powers that be are ordained of God." 
Any but the sinfully blind knows that it is true that as long 
as a nation has in it the elements of righteousness, it goes 
up ; and as well, that, when it fails in this, it goes down to 
ruin and decay. That is history as well as Bible. But Bible 
first. God does rule the nations. Egypt, Sodom, Gomorrah, 
Nineveh, Babylon, Assyria, Greece, Rome, Spain, Germany, 
Russia, and others, all prove that a nation lasts only so long 
as it is God-fearing and sin-hating. 

Never a Nation Like Ours 

There was never a nation bom like our own. The most 
God-fearing people the world ever knew were those who 
settled this country. Men who would dare to leave home 
and friends and property for the sake of their religion ai'e 
not to be scoffed at. With a possible single exception every 
colony of the original thirteen were begun for a religious 
reason. To the north bleak New England coast came the 
Pilgrims and Puritans, and wrote the first Blue Laws at 
which even many Chi-istians mock and scoff, even though 
they were for the protection of the family and the Christian 
Sabbath — much more needed now than then. To the central 
colonies came the Dutch Reformed and Lutheran, to write 
a wonderful story of devotion to orthodoxy in religion. 
There came also the Quakers and Dunkers to write into the 
Constitution, their ideals of Non-slavery, Temperance and 
in the world opposition to war, that has taken the world by 
storm since 1914. A bit further south came the Roman 
Catholics, to build the best Roman Catholic church in the 
world ; and the modern Roman Catholic church may well go 
back to the ideals of Lord Baltimore if she would do all for 
this country she might. Further south, to the Carolinas and' 
Georgia, came the Hugenots; fathers of the modern Meth- 
odists and Presbyterians — all to tell the most wonderful 



religious story the world has ever seen in history. But what 
came of these sturdy folk who were founders? They gave 
to this continent a race of God-fearing cliildren to carry 
out and on, their ideals. In 1872 Horace Greely, great edi- 
tor and publicist said, "Westward the course of Empire 
takes its way." Well, the sturdy sons and daughters of 
these wonderful religious people drifted with the Empire 
and wrote the ideals of the fathers into the laws and con- 
stitutions of the states as they migrated west. Thus, into 
the warp and woof of our country's fabric was woven a 
religious sentiment and devotion imlike that of any other 
country the world ever saw ; and not in hundreds of cen- 
turies, but in less than 150 years, made the mightiest coun- 
try of the world's histoiy. 

How Keep Her Great? 
Can we weave another material mto the country's fab- 
ric and keep the same ? You know we can not. People trav- 
eling different directions do not reach the same destination. 
And America has begun to travel a different route. For the 
first time in her history, she has time to play. Four hun- 
dred years ago, Alfred the Great gave to the world a proper 
division of a day's duties; he said, "Eight hours for work; 
eight hours for sleep and eight hoirs for play." It was a 
wise division if people will follow it to the letter and if they 
will play rightly. For the first time in our history, this 
country has time to play. The ' Government recognizes Al- 
fred the Great's division as proper. The eight-hour day has 
come to its own. To the present time, our ancestors and 
fathers had to build their houses and fences and bridges; 
they had to conquer the forests and prairies and mines. Now 
we have time to play and like she does everything else, 
America goes after it. In the last twenty-five years we have 
created two of th€ greatest playthings the world has ever 
had and so lusty are we for them that they have become the 
biggest businesses of our country — the auto and the movie. 
But what have these pastimes really done for our country? 
The auto has succeeded in breaking do~svn most of our coun- 
try churches and the movie has taught our children crime: 
how to jimmy mndows; how to blow open safes; how to 
shoot a fellow for the most trivial offense and take his wife 
for your o^vn. Oh, what a lot of crime can be traced to the 
movie ! The end of the card game is gamblers. Eighty per 
cent of the criminal gamblers of this country learned to play 
at the social circle. The end of the dance for many girls is 
the loss of the most priceless gift God ever gave them- — 
their virtue. The end of the theater is to crowd out religion 
of that deep sort that makes Christian workers. America, 
has started to play and to play with the devil's tools and 
it has so alarmed the statesmen of our country that with 
one accord, they clamor for the old time religion that never 
indulged the pleasures that wreck and ruin. It is our only 
hope and too many people of this town are crazy 
enough to follow a line that they ought to know is ruinous. 

Concluding 

The speaker said, in conclusion, these are the problems 
that confront our country: We must build again, the family 
altar ; put the Bible back into the public school and quit the 
tom-foolery of Darwinism; dam back a profligate immigra- 
tion that seeks to break do-wn the foundations of good so- 
ciety which made ns the mighty nation we are ; sanctify pol- 
itics and put principle above party, and lastly, rebuild the 
churches in the small villages and countrysides, for it is 
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from the lot of Sodom and Gomorrah. If America does not 
sanctify her politics and lier pleasures and rebuild the lost 
things that made her great, she is doomed to the downfall 
that other nations suffered for like sins; and she will fall 
more quickly than rise. 



"The Prince Of Peace" 

By G. C. Carpenter 

(A Christmas Message Published in the Hagersto-wn Morning Herald) 

Text: Glory to God in the highest and on earth Peace 
among men in whom he is well pleased — Luke 2:14. 

The Prince of Peace has been through all the Christian 
centuries one of the favorite titles for Christ. The full 
meaning of the title has never been fully realized, although 
the world's greatest need has been and is to enter into that 
meaning. This world would be heaven indeed if the Prince 
of Peace. Avere made the Supreme Ruler in every man's life. 

He is the Prince of spiritual peace, the Savior of sinful 
men ! That means everything ! That means peace for the 
soul through the forgiveness of sin and heart cleansing ! 
That means daily righteous living, salvation from sin ! That 
means the assuiance of salvation, etei'nal life beguming now 
and never-ending! That means despising and resisting the 
temptations of the devil! That means a hard fight and a 
glorious victory! That means loving God with heart and 
soul and mind and strength and thy neighbor as thyself! 
That means loyalty to Christ and his church until the day 
he bids us come up higher! That means that when death 
knocks we shall have a home of the soul, a mansion over 
there not made v:\Xh. hands, eternal in the heavens ! 

He is the Prince of social peace, national and interna- 
tional. Let his will be done and wars would cease and men 
would live together as brothers. On that eventful night in 
Betlilehem of Judea long ago, the poet says : 

"No war or battle's sound 

Was heard the world around, 

But peaceful Avas the night 

Wherein the Prince of Light 

His reign of Peace upon the earth began." 

It is our shame today that war has so little disappeared 
from the world. Peace Congresses, the Hague Tribunal, the 
League of Nations, the Disarmament Conference, and so 
forth — all these are nothing, except as the Prince of Peace 
is born ui the hearts of men. Let him reign in every heart 
and Ave Avould need no battleships, cannon, poison gas or 
shrapnel, for he would remoA'e the causes of Avar. 

What is the chief cause of AA'ar? Greed for gold. Why 
would some continue slaA^ery? Greed for gold. Why Avould 
Germany conquer the A\'orld? Greed for gold. Why Avill 
man ignore his God-placed obligation of being his brother's 
keeper? Greed for gold. Why A\'ill otherAA-ise respectable 
citizens become bootleggers and thus become laAA'breakers, 
anarchists and Bolshevists? Greed for gold. 

In so-called times of peace the god of Mammon kills 
men, Avomen and children enough in a single year to furnish 
nineteen fields of Gettysburg Avith corpses. Gettysburg Avas 
fought but once, Avars come to a close, but the horrors of 
peace are as endless as the procession of years. What is the 
underlying cause? Greed for gold. 

Moral evils slay their hundreds of .thousands every 
year. Falsehood, greed, oppression, injustice, immorality, 
prostitution, drink and kindred CAdls lead to the soul mur- 
der of multitudes every year. 

What is the remedy? The rule of the Prince of Peace 
in the hearts of men! He calls men and nations to seek 
first the Kingdom of God'. He promises real prosperity to 
all who thus seek. 

The Prince of Peace calls men and nations to honest 



living and honest dealing. Death is better than a dishonest 
living ! He calls men to practice Avhat they preach. The 
devil is ahvays a passenger m the automobile if he helped 
to pay for it or helps to keep it going. A famous evange- 
list Avell said that if you Avant to reform the world begin on 
yourself and then you avUI have one rascal out of the way. 
There is pressing need of more teaching of godliness by pre- 
cept and example va. the home and ui the school. 

Business men are saying that the moral standards in 
business have almost disappeared. Contracts are broken 
with impunity, no matter hoAv binding. Annual profits of 
tAvo hundred, four hundred and even six hundred per cent 
are declared and Avinked at and continued, 

The masses are calling for the square deal but too often 
are not Avillmg to give the square deal. The devil sits in 
the liigh places and enjoys the results of the fight in Avhich 
greed, the great Goliath of the day, and innnorality, the 
great Goliath of the night, slay their hosts. 

The world needs more men like John Wanamaker Avho 
kneAv the Prince of Peace. He Avas a great man not because 
he was rich in dollars but because he kncAv God. He lived 
the Gospel of the Prince of Peace. He was a heavy stock- 
holder m Pleaven's Bank of which the Prince of Peace is 
Casliier. Death to him Avas a call from God the Father, 
President of HeaA^en's Bank, to cash the promise of a man- 
sion over there and riches eternal in the heavens. A monu- 
ment Avill be erected to his memory because he loved God 
first and his neighbor as himself. 

What is the remedy for all the ills of this Avorld? The 
reign of the Pruice of Peace in the hearts of men every- 
Avhere. that Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, might 
reign at this Christmas season. Most of the people in 
Hagerstown are in fortunate circumstances, but niillions of 
our brothers in this and other lands are in suffering and 
Avant and' hardship, and that subtracts from the joy of 
Christmas for every true heart in Avhich the Prince of Peace 
reigns. In the name of the Prince of Peace let us help our 
needy brothers at home and abroad. 

It is ours to turn men aAvay from sin to the Prince of 
Peace, to help people to knoAv God. It is ours to introduce 
people to the Christ AAdio lives in us. A mother asked a 
little girl of AA'hat she Avas draAA'uig pictures. "Of God," 
the child replied. And the mother asked, "Hoav can you do 
that, for no one knows how God looks." "They will," the 
little one naively replied, "after I get my picture draAAOi." 
It is a parable. Will those around lis knoAv how God looks 
after Ave AA'ho claim to knoAv the Prince of Peace haA^e draAAm 
our life picture of him? 

Let lis at this Christmas season giA^e the Prince of 
Peace full possession of us to use us in giving to meet some- 
body's helplessness and AA^ant, to bring joy to the sorroAvful 
and hope to the discouraged. Then Ave shall have the hap- 
piest Christmas season since Ave came to know the Prince of 
Peace Ai-ho said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." 



Discipline and Restraint in the Modern Home 

(Continued from page 7) 

life and bringing sorrow in a home AA'hich longed for happi- 
ness and achieArement. 

Father and mother, the illustration as given aboA^e is 
common in many homes. Is it true in yours? Are you 
studying the needs of your children? Are you endeaA'-oring 
to help them straighten the problems in their young lives? 
Are A'ou bringing them up in the ad'monition of the Lord? 

HagerstoAAni, Maryland. 



HOPE 

Every child comes AArith 
That' God 

Is not yet discouraged 
Of Man. 



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THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



:. D. SX.OTTBB 

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Ashland, Ohio 



Jesus Teaching Humility 

By George S. Baer 

{Sunday School Lesson for January i4) 



M. 

T. 

W. 

T. 

F. 

S. 
S. 



Devotional Beading. — ^Psalm 15. 

Lesson Material. — Luke 14:7-14. 

Reference Material. — John 13:117; Phil. 2: 
5-11. 

Golden Text. — God resisteth the proud, but 
giveth grace to the humble. — 1 Peter 5:5. 
Daily Home Bilile Beadings 
The stepping-stone to honor, Luke 14:7-1-1 
Humility before promotion, James 4:1-10 

Pride dangerous,'., Prov. 16:18-23. 

A humble officer, Matt. 8:5-13 

Church leaders girded with humility, 

1 Pet. 5:1-11 

The humility of Christ, Phil. 2:5-11 

A humble and upright m'an, Psialm 15:1-5 
THOUGHTS ON THE LESSON 

Another Plot That Failed. — Jesus was in- 
vited to a Sabbath feast at the house of a 
Pharisee. The Jews were accustomed to cel- 
ebrate their rest day with elaborate entertain- 
ments, the food all being cooked the day be- 
fore. In the curious crowd whidh was al- 
lowed to press in from the street at such 
times, there was a dropsical man, possibly 
there by their arrangement. They knew his 
sympathy for the afflicted and supposed he 
would heal him, or at least attempt to do so. 
Inasmuch as this disease was considered in- 
cui-able, they may have thought lie would fail 
and would thus be discredited. And if he 
should succeed, it would be another violation 
of the Sabbath, and another count against 
him. 

Amos E. Wells in "Select Notes" says, 
' ' Christ 's sharp question, ' Is it lawful to heal 
on the Sabbath?' foiled this crafty plot. If 
they answered 'No,' he would refute them 
with instances of Sabbath deeds of mercy 
taken from the Scriptures. If they said 'Yes,' 
they would give their case away. Therefore 
they said nothing, but merely glowered at 
him angrily and heljiU'ssly, while he healed 
the .sufferer and sent him away rejoicing." 

At this feast Jesus noticed the Pharisees 
seeking each for himself the most important 
place possible for him to secure, thus showing 
an inordinate selfesteem and a disregard for 
the rights of others. Among Orientals the 
proper treatment of guests according to the 
demands of etiquette is considered very im- 
portant and there is strict regard for the so- 
cial position of each. Therefore when the host 
assigns his guests to places at the table he 
does so according to their relative ranks. 
When each seeks for himself the highest 
place, he forestalls the decision of the host 
and exaggerates his own importance, while 
showing disrespect for the rights of others. 
Paul very tactfully admonished the Christian 
not "to think more highly of himself than 
he ought to think." It was against this seH- 
c.\altation that Jesus warns the Pharisees in 
our lesson today. Por us the warning would 



be not so much against assuming too high a 
position when guests of our friends, but 
against seeking positions of honor, places of 
power, credit for service that do not belong 
to us, and otherwise displaying the selfish 
spirit which is contrary to the spirit and 
mind of Christ. 

Professor Andrew C. Zeuos says, "The key 
to the thought of Jesus is self-forgetfulness 
in the service of others. The honor which one 
receives because 'he claims it is a doubtful 
sort of honor. The man who chooses a promi- 
nent place and occujjies it, but does not merit 
it, has only an empty and useless honor. When 
the real sifting and testing of values come 
he will find that ho has grasped at something 
that does not satisfy. Like the man in Jesus ' 
parable he will be invited to give his place 
to another who really deserves it. " ' Mr. 
Wells quotes Dr.. Snowden as saying, "The 
discourtesy that leads one to be forward and 
rude in seizing a coveted seat at a table or 
on a railway train is a leaf of that poisonous 
root of evil that caused the Son of God to 
come into the world and to be crucified on 
the cross." 

To the host Jesus applied the same spirit 
of unselfish consideration and service. He 
was not to show hostility only to those who 
could return his favor, but primarily to those 
Who had need of it and could not return it. 
One who invites the rich and prominent to 
share his kindness knows he will likely re- 
ceive as much in kind and possibly gain much 
in position and popularity. He is therefore 
a selfish bargainer and not a servant of his 
fellowmen. Dr. Zenos has truly said, "Not 
self-advancement but self -bestowal should be 
the law of the kingdom of God." Not dis- 
tinction and popularity self -sought, but self- 
forgetful service is the secret of worth and 
high rating in heaven's estimation. 



Additional Sunday School 
Challenge Information 

Because of inquiries received concerning 
different details in the rules governing the 
proposed upbuilding Sunday school campaign, 
the Warsaw, Indiana, Sunday school wishes 
to make the following clarifying statements 
applying to the rules previou.sly given. 

1. That e.ach school may determine its own 
enrollment, but it is suggested that none 
should be counted w'ho have not been attend- 
ants at least two Sundays during the pre- 
vious quarter. 

4. The basis on which to comiJute the 
otl'ering the first Sunday in January will be 
the average offering of the previous quarter, 
but thereafter the basis will be the offering of 
the PREVIOUS SUNDAY regardless of how 



much more than the required increase it may 
have been; but if there should not be at least 
a 2 percent increase on any one Sunday, the 
offering the following Sunday must be com- 
puted upon what it SHOULD HAVE BEEN 
the previous Sunday. As a matter of course, 
since there is sure to be variations in both 
attendance and offerings, no schedules cover- 
ing the period of the contest can possibly be 
figured out beforehand. AN EXCEPTION 
TO THIS RULE is allowed when any school 
officially observes a special offering day, as 
for example Easter; in which case the offering 
the following Sunday will be computed on 
what the 2 percent increase would have made 
it the day the special offering was received. 

5. The term "On time" in rule five shall 
mean that attendants must be "in the Sunday 
school building when the singing of the first 
verso of the opening song is begun, or one 
minute after the pianist begins to play. 

(3. A " Studied lesson ' ' in rule six shall 
mean that the Scirpture printed as the lesson 
shall have been carefully read before the Sun- 
day school session. This matter must neces- 
sarily be left to the conscience of the indi- 
vidual. 

7. A " Public worship service ' ' in rule 
seven means either a morning or evening 
church sei-vice or the mid-week service. 

It is further suggested that each Sunday 
school should draft into service some capable 
person to assist the regular Secretary during 
the period of this special campaign to collect 
the necessary class data and compute the 
points gained and make a clear report to the 
school. Blank cards or slips should be passed 
to the different classes each session to be filled 
out with the necessary information for the 
secretaries computing the points, as follows: 

NAME OF CLASS 



ATTENDANCE last Sunday Today 

OFFERING last Sunday Today 

NUMBER ON TIME 

STUDIED LESSON 

ATTENDED SERVICE 

MILES J. SNYDER. 



White Gift Offering 

First Beport 

Following are the contributions received 
December 18-29, inclusive: 

ilrs. D. W. Campbell, Sandusky, O., $ 5.00 

J. S. C. Spickerman, MaoryviUe, Mo., 10.00 

Mrs. J. Riblet, Middlebury, Ind 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. E. Ormsby, Oswego, Ind., 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. J. S Hazen, Fostoria, O., 5.00 

Third Church, Johnstown, Pa., 11.71 

Sunday School, Rittman, Ohio, 6.21 

Mrs. Robert Boring, Thornyille, Ohio, 2.00 

St. James Sunday School, Lydia, Md., 10.S8 

Dallas Center, Iowa, 19.35 

Uniontown, Pennsylvania, 104.00 



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Cerro Gordo, Ulinois, 8.19 

Garwin, Iowa, 24.25 

Ashland, Ohio, 111.55 

Brush Valley S. S., Adrian, Pa., 20.O0 

.Mrs. H. S. Enslow, Ottawa, Kans., . . 1.00 

Campbell church, Clarksville, Mich., 41.10 

Mrs. E. C. Goodc, Harrisonburg, Va., 1.00 

Sunday School, Sterling, Ohio, 12.78 

North Manchester, Indiana, 110.05 

Total, .• $507.05 



Credit is given to individuals only when 
gift is not accompanied by another from a 
stated church or auxiliary organization. 

A very good indication of extended inter- 
est this year is to be noted in the fact that 
seven of the above are from new sources as 
compared with the records of last year. Then 
in further comparison nine others, having con- 
tributed the previous year, increased their 
gifts a total of $115.07. This will greatly 
encourage our national officers who thus can 



feel assured that they will have the necessary 
additional co-operation in the extended phins 
of t'he Sunday School Association already out- 
lined. 

We anticipate continued promptness on the 
part of those entrusted with the forwor.ling 
of these gifts, so that we may be .ib!o to 
m.ake another good report soon. 

IRA D. SLOTTEE, Treasurer, 
44 West Third Street, Ashland, Ohio. 



J. A. Garber 

PRESIDENT . 



Our Young People at Work 



Melvin Stuckey 

SECRETARY 



The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit 



OutUne Study 

I. Wto He Is: The third Person of the God- 
head, 
a — Included with the Father and Son in 

the name "God" (Heb. Elohim). 

Gen. 1: and elsewhere, 
b — Equal with the Father and Son. 

Matt. 28:19. 
c — Manifested with the Father and Son. 

Matt. 3:16-17. ' 
d— Eternal with the Father and Son. 

Heb. 9:14. 

I. Proof of his Personality: 

a — He has personal attributes. 

(1) Goodness, Ps. 143:10; (Matt. 19: 
16-17). 

(2) Mind, Eom. 8:27. 

(3) Will. 1 Cor. 12:11. 

(4) Speech. Acts 13:2. 

(5) Love. Eom. 15:30. 

(6) Can be grieved. Eph. 4:30. 

b — 'He is referred to as a person.' John 14: 
16, 17, 26. 
2. Proofs of his Deity: 

a — He has the attributes of Deity, 

(1) Holiness. Ps. 51:11. 

(2) Omnipotence. Isa. 11:2; Luke 4:14. 

(3) Omniscience. Isa. 11:2. 

(4) Ontnipresenee. Ps. 139:7-10. 

b — He is referred to as Deity. Acts 5:3, 
4; 1 Cor. 12:6, 11. 

II. His work as r./et forth in the Old. Testa- 
ment: 

1. Sharing in the work of creation. 

a — The creation of Heaven and earth 

Gen. 1:1; Job 26:13. 
b — The creation of natural life: Gen. 1: 

26, 27; Job 33:4; Ps. 104:.30. 

2. Exercising his free sovereignty in com- 
ing upon man or beast as he willed. 

a — Abiding permanently. 

(1) Joseph. Gen. 41:38. 

(2) Joshua. Num. 27:18. 

(3) Daniel. Dan. 5:11-14. 

b — Coming upon them temporarily for a 
a special purpose. 

(1) Balaam's ass. Num. 22:28. 

(2) Balaam. Num. 24:2. 

(3) Saul. 1 Sam. 10:10. 

This was without reference to the spiritual 
condition of the men. 



By Mrs. Grace P. Srack 

3. Working for Jehovah 's chosen people. 



a — giving constructive skill. Ex. 31:3-11. 

b — Eevealing divine truth for their ut- 
terance or recording. Num. 11:26, 29; 
24:2-9; 1 Pet. 1:11; 2 Pet. 1:21. 

c — -Imparting physical strength. Jud. 14: 
6; 1 Sam. 17:34-37. 

d — Imparting executive ability and wis- 
dom. Num. 11:17, 25; Jud. 3:10; Jud. 
6:12, 34 (Heb.— "Clothed Himself 
with" (E. v.); 1 Kings 3:7-12; 4:29, 
30 (Zech. 4:6). 

III. His work in redemption' through Jesus 
Clirist: 

1. He begat Jesus by Mary. Luke 1:26- 
,35; Isa. 7:14; Eom. 1:3, 4. 

2. He filled Jesus at his baptism. Luke 3: 
29; 4:1a. 

3. He led Jesus to the wilderness to be 
tempted (tested) by Satan. Luke 4:1b; 
Mark 1:12-13; cf. Matt. 4:1-41 vnth 
Gen. 3 and 1 John 2:16. 

4. He empowered Jesus for service. Luke 
4:14, 15, 18, 19; Acts 10:38; John 7:16; 
8:28b. 

0. He brought Christ without blemish to 
the Cross to ofEer himself unto God. 
Heb. 2:18; 5:8; -9:14. 

6. He raised Christ from the dead. 1 Pet. 
3:18. 

7. He gave commandment to the apostles 
through .Jesus just before the ascension. 
Acts 1:2. 

IV. The promise of his i coming to earth to 
abide, as foretold. — 

1. In type — The feast of Pentecost. Lev. 
23:15-20 (wave loaves). 50 days after 
fhe Feast of First Fruits. (The sheaf of 
first fruits of Lev. 23:10) is a type of 
the resurrection of Jesus Christ, cf. of 
Lev. 23:10 with 1 Cor. 15:23 and 1 Thes. 
4:13-17. 

The wave loaves of the Feast of Pente- 
cost, which came 50 days later, typifies 
the gathering together of believers to 
form the body of Christ. 

2. In Prophecy. Joel 2:28-32; (Acts 2:15- 
21 shows partial fulfillment). 

3. By Jesus. John 14:16; 16:7; 20:22; 
Luke 24:49; Acta 1:4, 5, 8. The name 
Comforter, that Jisus gave the Holy 



Spirit, means, "One along side to 
help." . 

V. The fulfillment of the promise: 

1. His coming: 

a. — Time — 50 days after the resurrection, 
b— Place— Luke 24:49, 52, 53. Acts 1: 

12, 14; 2:1 (Temple?) 
c — Manner — ' ' Tongues like as of. ' ' Acts 

2:2, 3, 4. 

2. The immediate effect. Acts 2:4-8, 12, 
13, 41-47; 4:31-35. 

3. How he was received. 

a — ^At Pentecost — poured out upon all be- 
lievers. Acts 2:4a. 

b — After Peter first used the "keys" 
(Matt. 16:19) and opened the door of 
the church to the Jews, the Holy 
Spirit was received by the laying on 
of hands. Acts 8:17; 9:17. 

c — After Peter used the "keys" the 
second time (at the house of Corne- 
lius, Acts 10) and opened the doors 
of the church to the Gentiles, the Holy 
Spirit came upon believers mth no 
other condition than that of Faith. 
Acts 10:44 and 11:15-17; Gal. 3: 2, 3. 

VI. The Purpose of His Coming, and His 
Present Office Work: 

1. As to the world — To convict it of sin, 

of righteousness and of judgment. 

John 16:8-11. 
a — "Of sin, beca.use they believe not on 

me." V. 9. 
Rom. 3:23 -John 20:31 

Conscience The Holy Spirit. 

Legal VS. Spiritual 

Accuses and Ejxcuses Condemns 

Eom. 2:15 Rom. 8:3-6. 

b— "Of righteousness, because I go to 

my Father, and ye see me no more." 

VS. 10. Eom. 3:21, 22; Acts 2:22-24; 

Rom. 1:4; Acts 2:33. 
c — "Of judg-ment, because the prince of 

this world hath been judged." (R- 

V.) 

(1) In Eden — Gen. 3:15. 

(2) On the cross of Calvary — 2 Tim. 
1:10; Heb. 2:14.15. 

2. As to Satan — Restraining. 2 Thes. 2: 

1-7. 

3. As to the church — "which is^his body." 
a — The church as a whole, to build and 

fit it for service. John 14:16, 17, 26; 

(Continued on page IS) 



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Send Home MIbbIoikut Funds to 
TO T¥.T.T*»f JL. cmiAHWART. 
Home TSlMmtonary 8eer«tary, 

(0( American Blds„ Darton. Ohio 



MISSIONS 



Send ForeUrn Illsalon Ftmda to 

I.OT7IS S. VAjnUAS, 

Financial Searetary Foreiapa Board, 

ItSO B. Third St, L<onK Beach. California 



letter from "Eddie" Boardman 

(Continued from last week) 

Bio de Janeiro 

While in Kio we attended the Internation- 
al Exposition which celebrates 100 years of 
freedom from foreign dominion on the part 
of Latin AnierieaJi republics. The Exposition 
was fornmlly opened by our own Secretary 
Huffhes late in September, but many of the 
buildings ■were still untinished six weelss after 
the formal opening. As usual with such ex- 
positions the buildings were cheap in con- 
struction and dazzling in beatity. The United 
States building was not finished when we were 
there but this was due to the fact that it is 
being made of more durable materials than 
the others for after the Exposition it- is to be 
used for governmental purposes. The build- 
ing is two stories high, of simple design, and 
built of light concrete faced with gray gran- 
ite. The other completed buildings that we 
were able to enter were Japan, France, TTor- 
way, Czec'ho-Slovakia, Italy, Denmark, Bel- 
gium, and the big South American building. 
In all these buildings the displays were very 
good though not extraordinary. The display 
of porcelain by Czecho-Slovakia, the art 
needlework of .Japan and the manufactured 
goods of the Italian collection were among the 
best- 
Before we left Rio .Janeiro we went to the 
top of Sugar Loaf mountain in aero cars 
they 'have for the purpose. This small moun- 
tain is so steep and hard to scale tihat the 
feat was never attempted until a British 
sailor tried and succeeded. Since his day an 
observation tower has been planted on the 
top of the mass of rock and the aerial trip 
to the top is one of the thrills of the tour 
of Bio. The aerial line is in two sections 
with a stop about midway on the top of a 
lesser hill before the highest climb is made. 
The scene from the top of the Sugar Loaf is 
worth all it costs to get there for once at 
the top one beholds the whole beautiful city 
stretched out in one vast panorama of vivid 
color before him. The spacious harbor, and 
the miles of shining white bathing beach with 
the foaming waves of the sea dashing swiftly 
up to them was a sight not soon to be for- 
gotten. After taking in the whole fine scene 
we reluctantly turned our faces toward the 
ship, for we had to leave that afternoon for 
the last lap of our journey to Buenos Aires. 



South of the Equator 

Rio to Buenos Aires 

After a fairly fast trip we entered the 
mouth of the La Plata River and stopped at 
the capital of Uruguay — Montevideo. Our 
stay here was only a few hours in duration, 
but in that time we were able to note the fine 
plazas, -n-lde main thoroughfares, narrow 
minor ones, and the general air of thrift to 
be seen on every hand. Uruguay though the 
smallest of the South American republics is 
one of the richest ones in its monetary stand- 
ard. Their peso in times past has been of 
such good standard that it has been worth 
more than the American dollar. At the pres- 
ent time it is worth less. The stores are up- 
to-date and from our observation there seems 
to be a good percentage of American made 
goods to be had. The "universal car" — the 
Ford — chug-chugs its way about all these 
South American towns with the same rattle 
t'hat it has in the States and is really the 
popular type used by the Latin Americans. 

From Montevideo we continued our journey 
up the Rio Plata to Buenos Aires that same 
night and arrived at the capitol of Argentine 
Republic late the next afternoon. How any- 
one ever had the nerve to call the La Plata, 
"the silver river" — as it literally means — I 
cannot see, for all the 130 miles of it which 
we saw the water was muddy in the extreme 
and as we approached the town there was 
nothing but a small channel to travel in, due 
to the fact that the sediment brought down 
by the stream is so heavy. Dredging machines 
lire kept busy all the time so that the chan- 
nel will be kept "open for the large number of 
ocean going vessels that enter and leave the 
harbor. After the formalities of entrance 
into the country were ended and the ship had 
safely .docked we went ashore to seek quar- 
ters for the night. Buenos Aires from the 
waterfront is not nearly so imposing as Rio 
.Janeiro, but as the traveler makes his way up 
town he iinds that the city is of vast extent 
and is filled with all conceivable types of 
shops, hotels, and homes. Outside of the big 
central avenues the shopping streets are nar- 
row b>it very well paved and splendid t'hor- 
oughfares for autos, of which the town seems 
to be full. During our two days stay in 
Buenos Aires we had opportunity to see not 
only the business, and some of the better resi- 
dence districts, but also the residences of 1he 
poorer classes. In the heart of the town 
there are some very imposing structures, but 
as one gets into the districts further out from 



the center the houses are generally one story 
in height and front on broad stone paved 
streets. The rents are very high In Buenos 
Aires and it is a common thing for even a 
poor family to have to pay 100 pesos (about 
$36.50) rent per month for two rooms witi; 
no modern improvements. iCoal stoves are un^ 
known even to most of the rich houses and m 
winter the poor native sits and shivers while 
he is at home. Generally one whole family 
lives in one small -room and while in Buenos 
Aires I learned of places where 10 to 20 peo- 
ple would be attempting to eat and sleep and 
live in such small quarters. Is it any wonder 
that home life in this really fertile country 
is so poor and the morals of the people so 
low? 

The Argentine is an agricultural country 
pure and simple and depends for its wealth on 
its cattle and farm products, but the wealtTl 
of the land seems to be lavished on the capi- 
tal city, hence the town is aggressive, well 
laid out, and reasonably beautiful. The shops 
and stores are well kept and luave goods of 
all types of manufacture in them. Many of 
the products of the United States are found 
here though the goods of British and German 
manufacture far outstrip ours in the quanti- 
ties sold. Yet as one goes around a bit down 
here he comes to appreciate the fact that 
British and German capital has made most of 
the aggressive improvements in the country 
and hence since these capitalists have been 
T\illing to invest their money here it seems 
only right that the bulk of the trade should 
go to them. The United States is such a new 
country — compared with England and Ger- 
many — that our capital has been busy at home 
developing our own resources while the for- 
eign capitalists have had to seek new worlds 
to conquer for many decades of years. I be- 
lieve the future will note a radical change in 
the status of American capital in these lands 
south of the Equator. 

We left Buenos Aires after two days and 
after riding 21 hours on an English railway 
we arrived at Rio Cuarto where our residence 
and labor is to be for the next period of 
years. This town is more than a hundred 
years old and is in a thriving condition and 
our residence here promises to be interesting 
to say the least. 

EDWIN" BOARDMAN, JR., 
Rio Cuarto, Argentine, South America. 

o!o Culto Bvangelista, F. C. C. A. 



Excerpts from Delayed Letters of J. S. Gribble to His Wife 



Mission Oubangni-CliaTi 

Bassay, Via Bozoum, Oubangui-Chari, 
Afrique Equatorriale Franeaise, 

June 7, 1922. 
This evening before retiring I will run off 
a few lines for you. Well, praise the Lord, 
at last we have begun sawing lumber. I got 
the work yesterday afternoon. Already one 
log is sawed up as much as we will do it 
now, for I am trying to treat it so that the 
borers will not oat it. as it is a kind of wood 
that they eat very readily. I have been told 
that if it is put in water for a month or two 
the borers will not eat it. I am trying it out. 
I have the timber sawed up into big flitches 
about four or five inches thick and then have 
it thrown into a stagnant pool and sunk into 
the mud in the bottom. Before noon tomor- 
row we elxpect to throw the lumber of another 
log in the same pool. Then when we think 
that it is cuied. it will be taken out and 
sawed intio fhe size lumber desired. If we 



can contrive some way which will cure this 
wood from the borer attacks, wc will have 
quite an abundant supply of very useful tim- 
ber in this country; othenvisc, no. We have 
a small supply of a red wood which is almost- 
as hard as iron, which will make our door 
and window frames, and other timbers needed 
in the walls, and that is a kind of wood that 
neither the borers nor the white ants care 
much for. No wonder, it is certainly a tough 
kind of wood. Nothing like it in the States. 
Locust and some of those woods are tame in 
comparison to it, for it interlaces also, which 
makes it exceeedingly hard to get dressed 
down with an adze in preparation for saw- 
ing. But while green, the saws will eat 
through it. 

The road that we built toward the north 
gets us into lots of timber. Of course t'he trees 
are not large like those about Carnot, but I can 
find quite a number that range in thickness 
from IS to 18 inches, and some that will give 



saw logs as long as 16 feet. However, unfor- 
tunately, the kind of timber that is the nicest 
on the stump and which will, I believe, work 
up the nicest, is so readily attacked by the 
borers as well as white ants. We can isolate 
form the white ants, but not from the borers, 
as they fly. 

This morning I brought up from the garden 
a half a salt sack of tomatoes and oh, such 
nice ones. They are from the seed that my 
sister Hazel sent, — Maule's Success Tomato. 
In East Africa I found that that tomato did 
so very well and now I find that it does well 
here also. The tomatoes are so greatly appre- 
ciated. Aside from the ground cherries we 
have had no other fruit. Have sent to Carnot 
for mangoes, but the men 'have not arrived 
yet. I understand that the mango season is 
later this year. 

The Kare are paying their tax. They bring 
us almost anything for sale they think we 
would Uke. We could swim in oil if we so 



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desired. I can get more workmen than 1 
can use. Have one workman from the Laka 
tribe. He says that he can get us goats for 
as low a.s ZYz francs each for growm ft^males. 
I certainly expect to try him out soon, by 
sending him and some other men to get a lot. 

June 8, iy'i:^. 

Well today I was having more saxving done. 
So far I am using but one saw — the 5 ft. pit 
saw. But hope to get things shaped up so as 
to begin using some of the smaller saws — the 
two that I had especiaUy designed while at 
Nola and which arrived last olst December 
(1921). Did you ever learn that the Disstou 
people made those two saws freef However, 1 
observe t'hat printed on them are these words: 
"Keg. tr. S. Pat. Off." Evidently the Disston 
people thought the style of saw worth making- 
more of. They certainly do good work and 
no doubt some day I may wish for more of 
them. 

Another job that I had nearly all of the 
workmen engaged at this morning was the 
iiping up of the road up the mountain side 
where we go up to pass over the summit to 
get our timber for sawing. And for some days 
now I 'have had a force clearing off a strip 
of the eastern side of the concession where 
there is clay suitable for brick-making. That 
is some job, for it is terribly rough. But by 
the time, or months before, you get here, I 
want to have it fixed up and have many bricks 
made which will be used in making your and 
other houses. I believe that I have about de- 
cided to give up the idea of making burnt 
bricks for the house because of the lack of 
time. 

The banana patch is booming. I think that 
by the time you get here it will look like 
quite a patch. Of course we cannot expect 
any bananas for another year yet, or even 
longer. 

This morning the two men that we sent to 
Carnot some time ago for mangoes oame back. 



The one had a box of mangoes and the other 
had young trees. In a week from now another 
set of two arc supposed to be back. Today 
I sent two more. 

I have had a Laka man working for me 
and he said that he could get goats in his 
country. He said that up by Doba they cost 
Fes. 5.00 each, and I sent him and three other 
natives to get mo fifteen. Two of the natives 
are Laka, one is a Baya and one a Kara from 
Chief Mamadou's village. I gave the money 
into the hands of the Kara. I am paying 
each of the men IS francs. Therefore the 
goats will cost nearly 10 francs each by the 
time they get here. I certainly do hope that 
they wiU be able to get me fifteen good goats 
which will give milk. 

Yesterday two of the men that we sent to 
Carnot for .mangoes returned empty-handed. 
They said that there was no official there ex- 
cept the one with a big beard and he would 
not give them any. Of course they had no 
letters for him. I am sending them back with 
a nice letter for him, and trust that this time 
they will get the fruit. I am very anxious 
for it so as to plant the seed. Seem to have 
quite a bit of trouble with a good garden and 
orchard. Have only eight paw-paw trees out 
of the many seed planted. But since these 
will need no transplanting they should grow 
very rapidly from now on. What bananas we 
have are doing exceedingly well. 



BROTHER GRIBBIJi WRITES A LETTER 
TO THE CHrLDREN 

Mission Oubangui-Chari, 
Bassay, via Bozoum, Oubangi-Chari, 
Afrique Equatoriale Francaise. 

Dear Children: 

This morning before the mail starts I will 
write you a letter. I was going to do it last 
cveniug, but the big flying ants were so very 
bad that I simply had to give up and go to 



bed. I suppose that all of the natiyes about 
the place were out gathering them for we 
could see their ligihts about in every direc- 
tion. The ants were veiy big and fat but I 
did not taste any as you know that I do 
not like the idea of eating such things. I was 
told that the Kare got a very big pot full of 
tliem in a very short time last evening, neur 
my house. 

And as far as I am concerned, I am busy 
most of the time at bossing the workmen. I 
have one force working in the garden, another 
clearing the rooks off and leveling down the 
one side of Bassay Mountain, to make a brick 
yard out of it, some others digging out an 
immense water hole into which we will throw 
the lumber to be put into the house, to 
' ' cure " it so that the borers will not like it, 
and then last, but not least, I have four at 
sawing out the lumber. By the time that you 
receive this I expect to have more than four 
men engaged at sawing, for then I will have 
more saws that can be used here. 

We have sort of a hard time in getting 
good gardens started. Some of the. seed was 
no good and did not come up. But we &x- 
peet to stick at it until we get goo.d gardens, 
for they are needful and Jesus will hear our 
prayers for good ones. Brother Jobson has 
one or rather several small ones on the hill 
back of his house, and I am seeing after the 
big one down in the valley. That one is of 
several acres in size. I expect to plant a lot 
of it in rice this week, so as to have our own 
rice supply and I hope to have no stones in 
it either. But I wish that it were wheat in- 
stead. However, I may have wheat some day, 
as I think it would grow here if we had good 
seed, especially of the kind that grows in 
California. You know how awfully expensive 
flour is, and then how many times it is bad 
at that. The last that we got from Bangui, 
which cost us 118 francs, plus 21 and % 
francs for porterage, was bad, and that is the 
only flour that we have now. 



NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



ASHLAND COLLEGE ECHOES 

Prof. Emery Byers writes a member of the 
Faculty that he is happily engaged as princi- 
pal of Huntington, Indiana, high school, with 
an attendance of some 800 pupils. Here 
"Emery's" high ideals and fine literary 
tastes will have large opportunity to express 
and extend themselves. A college never 
knows the extent of its contribution to human 
welfare in imbuing a student with aspirations 
toward the better and worthier things of life. 

Prof. Hugo Paul Wise, a graduate of the 
college, now a member of the faculty of Johns 
Hopkins University, who has been in France 
doing research work under the auspices of 
his university, spent the Christmas holidays 
with friends at Middlebranch, Ohio, his old 
home. 

The Philo Literary Hall, the old home of 
the Pierians, the Lowells, and the WilUard 
Guild, is undergoing extensive improvements 
during the holiday vacation. These together 
with some improvements to the already excel- 
lent equipment of the Hesperian Hall, gives 
the College two splendidly furnished and 
equipped literary halls. 

Some two weeks ago, the writer and a num- 
ber of the coUege students had the privilege 
of hearing Dr. Miller read a lengthy and 
scholarly paper on "The New Testament 
Doctrine of Hell" before the Ashland Minis- 
terial Association, by which association Dr. 

A New Year day, applicant for permission 
to enter our Normal school reminds me that 
we are constantly enlarging. This ought to be 
a matter of congratulation for the church. 
Next to the training of religious workers, the 
most worthy and useful creations of a col- 



lege are real teachers, efficient, clean-souled, 
high-minded, religious. Such training Ash- 
land seeks to give. 

As a Normal School Ashland differs. The 
students are a serious-minded, earnest group 
whom it is a pleasure to teach, and with 
whom it is a good fortune to be associated. 
Their influence is a constant cheek upon the 
frivolous tendencies of college life. Among 
them dancers, movie fans, and smokers are 
rare. In state schools the frivolous-minded 
are more numerous. The freedom of the state 
school invites such and the religious influences 
do not restrain or inspire. At Ashland a late 
comer at the daily chapel exercises, when he 
heard the gospel songs redolent of the "old- 
time religion," might imagine that a revival 
meeting was beginning. The gospel hymns 
are a dailj^ occurrence, and their influence is 
further deepened by an earnest and inspiring 
talk by President Jacobs, or by one of the 
Faculty.; or a visitor. How much this means 
to the elevation and improvement of the 
schools, no one can measure. Only one who 
has been in normal schools where gospel 
hymns are never sung, where Scripture read- 
ing and prayer are never offered, whei-e the 
Bible is almost an unheard-of Book, has the 
concrete experience by means of which he 
nray in part evaluate the difference. 

"I owe more to my teacher than to my 
father," said the great Aristotle. "My 
father gave me life, but my teacher taught 
me how to use life wisely." It is a great re- 
sponsibility to teach teachers whose spirit, 
manner and method will pass into mould 
and transform the thousands of learners. It 
is a still greater responsibility to teach the 



ambassadors and evangels of the Master 
Teacher. As I daily meet some 150 students 
and endeavor to instill into them the wor- 
thiest sentiments and noblest of ideals, I am, 
I hope, not unmindful of my high privilege, 
my tremendous opportunity and responsibil- 
ity; and, for myself, and for each member of 
the Faculty, I crave the prayerful interest of 
all the church under whose auspices we labor, 
that we may be faithful and efficient in the 
high task to which our hands are set. 

L. L. GAEBEE. 



LOUISVILLE RECEIVES SPIKITIIAL 
BLESSING 

One of the most spiritual uplift campaigns 
ever launched in Louisville or vicinity was 
conducted by our own Brother E. Paul Mil- 
ler from December 5th to 24th. We had been 
looking forward to his coming for several 
months and were expecting big things from 
the Master and we are glad to state that we 
were not disappointed. Brother Miller hit the 
nail on the head when he made the state- 
ment during the first week of the series that 
a revival is not ' ' worked up ' ' but is ' ' prayed 
dowTi. " Prior to the campaign we had cot- 
tage prayer services every night for two 
weeks. These prayer meetings prepared us 
to go into the battle under the splendid lead- 
ership of Brother Miller, and he proved him- 
self to be a real leader, indeed. As we are 
without a pastor at the present time. Brother 
MiUer did not have the usual good help in 
doing personal work during the day, but as he 
often said: "He knows that there is always 
another greater in the yoke with him" and 



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JANUARY 3, 1923 



'he forged right ahead and didn't let that hin- 
der him for a moment. 

People from all denominations attended 
faithfully and sought earnestly after the Gos- 
pel truths which were revealed in such a won- 
derful way by Brother Miller. His knowledge 
of the Bible is marvelous and ms delivery is 
without a peer. His very personality radiates 
the ' ' Christ, ■ which he presents m all his 
messages. 

A feature of the meetings was the question 
box which was placed in the vestibule of the 
church. Brother Miller answered all ques- 
tions the same night they were placed in the 
box and this feature gave him a splendid op- 
portunity to present the doctrines of the 
Brethren church m a way that they will do 
more good than a whole series of sermons 
announced beforehand. Brother Miller is 
Brethren from A to Z -and is the type of min- 
ister that the majority of folks look up to 
and admire. He has convictions and is man 
enough to stand by them, regardless of losing 
worlaLy popularity. We believe there is not 
a church in the whole brotherhood that is so 
spiritually high but what Brother Miller can 
take them still higher. It surely was our ex- 
perience at Louisville. 

There were sixteen reconsecrations and fif- 
teen converts during the series. Baptismal 
services were held the last Sunday afternoon 
and also on Christmas morning, and was wit- 
nessed by many folks from other denomina- 
tions. 

The free-will offering on the last Sunday of 
the revival amounted to over $275.00. 

Eev. Iililler remained with Louisville friends 
over Christmas 'and left early Tuesday morn- 
ing for Washington C. H., where he is in a 
revival with Brother Ankrum. May God's 
richest blessings be upon him as he labors so 
earnestly in his vineyard. Brother Miller, 
our prayer service Thursday night was largely 
attended and everyone is on tiptoe to do 
do greater things for HIM. Our prayers will 
ascend for your work continually and Louis- 
ville will always have a warm spot in their 
hearts for the excellent work you did while 
in our midst. L. P. CLAPPEE. 



RECEIPTS FOE. HOME MISSIONS FEOM 
OCTOBEE 1, TO NOVEMBEE, 15, 1922 
General rund 
Sara E. Gingrich, Tyrone, Pa., . . M $ 25.00 
Mr. & Mrs. S. H. Keiser, Byran, O., M 10.00 
Mrs. M. J. Frantz, Enid, Oklahoma, M 500 
Mrs. D. W. Campbell, Sandusky, O. M 5.00 



Total, $ 45.00 

Kentucky Fund 

Mrs. D. W. Campbell, Sandusky, 0.,M $ 2.00 

Br. Ch., N. Manchester, Ind., 7.00 

Primary Dept. Falls City, Neb., ..M 10.0,0 

Krypton, Ky., 13.00 

Watt Eversole, Krypton, Ky., 15.00 

W. M. S., Dayton, Ohio, 10.00 

Br. Ch., Lost Creek, Ky., 20.37 

Br. Ch., N. Manchester, Ind., . . . 6.00 

Br. C. E., Warsaw, Ind., M 25.00 

Bible Class No. 5, Middlebranch, O. M 25.00 

Watt Eversole, Krypton, Ky., . . . 15.00 

Lilia McCann, Cameron, W. Va., ..M 5.00 

Lucy Metz, Sibley, Iowa M 5.00 

Br. Ch., N. Manchester, Ind., 10.00 

W. M. S., Cerro Gordo, HI., M 12.50 

Mrs. T>. W. Campbell, Sandusky, O. M 2.00 

Total $183.00 

Missionary Educational Fund 

John B. Bisset, Dayton, Ohio, ...M $ 2.50 

Golden Eule Bible Class, Dayton, M 5.00 

W. M. S., Dayton, M 20.00 

Bocthian Bibie Class, Dayton, ...M 2.50 

John Bisset, Dayton, M 2.50 

Golden Eule Bible Glass, Dayton, M 5.00 

Total, $ 37.50 



Summary 

General Fund receipts, $ 45.00 

Kentucky Fund receipts, 183.00 

Missionary Educational Fund receipts, 37.50 

Grand Total receipts, $265.50 

Eespectfully submitted, 
WILLIAM A. GEAEHAET, 

Home Mission Secretary. 

NOTE: Thanksgiving aflerings are coming 
in rapidly and quite a number of churches 
are contributing larger amoimts this year than 
ever before, while others are falling a little 
below their past records. Early in January 
a report will be made for the period from No- 
vember 15th to January 1st. Gifts that are 
sent by individuals direct to our office, will be 
included in the total offering from the church 
in which said individuals hola their member- 
ship, provided we receive that information. 
In some instances, it is difficult to locate the 
membership unless it is given when the offer- 
ing is sent in. It seems that our Christian 
Endeavor societies are not rallying to the 
support of the Kentucky work since the spe- 
cial appeals at our annual conferences were 
discontinued. It is not too late to do it yet, 
Endeavorers. W. A. G. 



EEVIVAL MEETING HELD AT NOETH 

MANCHESTER, INDIANA FOR THE 

EVANGELISTIC AND BIBLE 

, STUDY LEAGUE 

After a two days ' ride on the train from 
Tennessee we rested on Saturday night and 
on Sunday morning we opened up this cam- 
paign. 

Prof. J. Eaymond Schutz is the pastor here 
but he is also one of the professors of the 
North Manchester college of the Church of the 
Brethren. He is the busiest man I have found 
for years. For this cause he hired Brother 
Ben Flora to do the visiting in his stead. This 
was a treat to me as Ben and I had often 
worked together before. There are some pe- 
culiarities of this work that will be worth ' 
while to consider. 

First. The pastor I found to be the most 
universally loved man that I have ever found 
in the Brethren church. He seems to be just 
as well loved by the school where he teaches. 
Brother Flora said the only Scripture that he 
was in danger of being judged by was, "Woe 
unto that man whom all men speak well of. ' ' 
Yet he is uncompromising and we did find 
one or so criticized him for being too radical 
a prohibitionist. 

Then we learned that there were a few 
preachers jealous of him because he was loved 
more than they. So that Scripture did not 
condemn him. As much as they like him 
they will soon lose him as he is going away 
to school again for several years. 

Another thing I never found before, a grea,t 
Sunday school and about all belonged to the 
church. Hence there was no material to work 
on there. This was an agreeable disappoint- 
ment to me. 

Then a third peculiarity with a member- 
ship of four or five hundred there seemed but 
little material to work on of our faith. 
Brother Schutz received into the church last 
year nearly all of this class. Hence we had 
to go entirely to the outside of the church for 
additions. 

We also found in so large a church with so 
busy a pastor many who did not attend the 
church who were members. This was caused 
largely by reverses by preachers who were 
there in days gone by. 

Here is where Brother Flora did an excel- 
lent work. He got quite a number to come 
back and get acquainted with their pastor, 
and no doubt will attend from now on. 

Second. We found that four churches had 
revivals at the same time and this made it 
hard for us to get the unsaved to our ser- 
vices. But in spite of this fact we usually 



had a house full of people but nearly all 
were members of some church. 

Third. A third difficulty for immediate ad- 
ditions was that the meeting was too short to 
reach people of other faiths for the Brethren 
church. Yet in spite of these peculiarities 
we 'had fifteen additions. And the pastor and 
many others said that they thought it was the ' 
best and most solid meeting that had been 
held there for many years. They have often 
had more additions but never a greater weld- 
ing together and a more substantial ingath- 
ering. 

Hence considering all in all the church is 
much built up and we believe prepared for a 
greater work in the future. 

I found a few minor troubles of long stand- 
ing but the strong, substantial members give 
the church much prestige for good and while 
t'hey are next to the largest church in town, 
1 believe they have more influence than any 
other church there. 

There are a dozen or more people that got 
greatly interested towards the close of the 
meeting, that I believe Brother Schutz will 
gradually get into the church. This meeting 
s'hould have been held one week longer. 

They might have given financially a little 
more liberally towards this meeting but they 
had just bought a new lot of books and paid 
for them by public offerings, and then they 
paid board for Brother Ben Flora, and myself 
and paid the running expenses of his Chevro- 
let, and then to pay two preachers besides, 
they did pretty well after all. They little more 
than met all the expenses. 

If Brother Schutz could remain there a few 
more years this would become one of the 
strongest and best churches in our brother- 
hood. 

I only wish that our people knew Brother 
Schutz a little better. 'He is one of the best 
school men in our church and should be used 
more in our conferences. Then we instead 
of The Church of the Brethren would get the 
uplift that we so badly need. 

We closed this meeting on Sunday night, 
November 19, with one of the largest and best 
communions they ever had. 

These people surely treated me royally and' 
I shall never forget the pleasant home I had 
at Sister Borringer's wifhin a block of the 
church. Having Brother Ben Flora to do the 
visiting gave me nearly all of my time in 
studying the Word and prayer, so that the 
Lord enabled me to give them the very best 
I had. I have calls enough till August first, 
but I would rather leave about two months of 
this field for our southern evangelists and 
hold a couple meetings farther west. I think 
I could make such arrangements. Hence if 
any churches in the western part of Pennsyl- 
vania, or as far west as Kansas would soon 
apply 1 might arrange for them. 

ISAAC D. BOWMAN, 
Leesburg, New Jersey. 



MT. ETNA, IOWA 

It has been some time since you have had 
a report from Mt. Etna, but we are still 'here 
and at work for God and his kingdom. Our 
revival by Eev. E. Paul Miller closed Decem- 
ber 8. We had a great revival so far as the 
church is concerned. Brother JSIiUer is cer- 
tainly a spirit-filled man. Such sermona as he 
preached seemed strong enough to melt the 
hardest heart, but failed of their mission. He 
emphasized the New Birth so strongly and in 
a way that 'had never been done in this com- 
munity before. But it seems that it will take 
more than preaching the Gospel to waken the 
people of Mt. Etna. Conditions are such that 
it seems impossible to reach the unsaved of 
this town who are almost as numerous in the 
churches as outside of them. We have three 
church buildings and five separate denomina- 
tions represented here in a village of about 
120 souls. So you see what we are up against. ' 
Brother Miller certainly worked hard to eon- 



JANUARY 3, 1923 



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PAGE 10 



vince the sinner of the error of his way but 
seemingly without much success. There were 
four conversions, three receiving baptisui. 
But of course these things can not always be 
judged by outward appearance. We do not 
know how many wi-'ak and discouraged souls 
have taken a new hold on God and by his 
help to lead a better and more useful life for 
him. We are trusting and praying that such 
has been the case. The outlook for the church 
at this place is not very bright but we are 
going to let God have his way in this. We 
are praying for guidance in this matter and 
we rest assured that God will not forsake us 
if we as professed Christians will do our part 
and trust him. We certainly covet the pray- 
ers of the brotherhood for our success. 
*^ Yours truly, 

P* CM. POX. 



t 



The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit 

(Continued from page 11) 
John 15:26; 16:12-14; Acts 1:S; 1 Cor. 
2:10; 1 Pet. 2:5; Eph. 2:20-22. 
b — For individual believers w^ho are the 
members 

(1) To beget children of God, (the 
new bixth). John 1:12, 13; 3:5, 8; 1 
John 5:1; 1 Cor. 12:3; Jas. 1:18; 1 
Pet. 1:28. 

(2) To seal them for eternity. 2 Cor. 
1:22; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30: 

(3) To purify and sanctify them. 
Eph. 5:26; 2 Thes. 2:13; 1 Thes. 4:7, 
8; 1 Pet. 1:2, 22. 

(4) Indwelling the heart, thus making 
him a "temple of God." 1 Cor. 6:19; 
3:16; 2 Cor. 6:16. (Type 1 Kings 6:7). 
(,5) Baptizing them into, as members 
of, the body of Christ. 1 Cor. 12:12-14, 
IS, 27; Eph. 2:18. 

c — ^In individual believers, 

(1) Delivering them from the power 
of sin. Eom. 6:14; 8:2; Eph. 6:10-18. 

(2) Teaching, reminding, guiding and 
revealing. John 14:26; 16:13, 14; 1 
John 2:20, 27; 1 Cor. 2:9, 10, 14; Eph. 
3:3, 5; 1 Pet. 1:12. 

(3) Enduing with power, and bestow- 
ing gifts for service. Luke 24:49; Acts 
1:4, 8; 3:2, 7; 5:15, 16; 9:36-40; 13:8- 
11; 1 Cor. 12:7-11; Eph. 3:16. 

(4) Calling them to specific work. 
Acts 6:2-6; 8:26, 39-40a; 13:2, 4; 16: 
6-10; 20:28. 

(5) Quickening the mortal (living) 
bodies that he indwells. Eom. 8:11; 
Acts 14:19; Eom. 8:5-13; John 6:63; 
Gal. 2:20. 

d — Tirougli individual believers, 

(1) In intercession. Eom. 8:26, 27; 
Eph. 6:18. 

(2) Making Jesus Christ manifest. 2 
Cor. 4:7-11; 3:18; Gal. 5:22-25; Phil. 
1:20; Col. 1:27. 

Lost Creek, Kentucky. 



FOEGING PASSION INTO POWER 

People of strong passions and impulses 
make the most capable agents of Kingdom 
extension when these passions and impulses 
are properly controlled. They are symptoms 
of energy and this energy needs, not repres- 
sion, but direction. How much of sin is but 
the misguided manifestation of power — the 



perversion of sonic capacity for goodness into 
something bad! 

The supreme folly of asceticism is that it 
tries to crush out and kill these God-given en- 
ergies instead of harnessing them and putting 
them to useful work. The great peril of the 
present age, however, is not asceticism but 
the opposite extreme. Under the specious 
guise of ' ' self-expression, ' ' which is not true 
self-eixpression at all, these impulses and pas- 
sions become the masters of men rather than 
their servants. 

Only a will in which the Spirit of God 
dwells can forge this native passion into pow- 
er for righteousness. But this will do it. — 
The Gospel Messenger. 



THE TIE THAT BINDS 



ROWK-GOFF — The undersigned united in 
marriage George D. Goff and Verda A. Rowe 
on November 16th, 1922. The marriage was 
at the home of the bride. The ceremony was 
witnessed by a large number of relatives and 
friends of both bride and groom. These two 
young peoiple are both members of the First 
Brethren chui'cli of Dallas Center, Iowa. We 
are sure that a host of friends and acquaint- 
ances of these young people will wish them 
a joyous life together. Their residence will 
be Dallas Center, Iowa. 

REV. GEORGE E. CONE. 

ENO-BATTELS — The undersigned united In 
marriage, at the parsonage on December 16, 
1922, Maiy E. Eno and C. F. Battels. Mr. 
Battels has resided at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 
Maj-y E. Eno has resided at Dallas Center for 
a number of years. A host of friends will 
\vish these good people the joys of the mar- 
ried life. Mary Eno has been a member of 
the First Brethren church of Dallas Center, 
Iowa for some time. They will make their 
i-esidence on the bride's farm near Dallas 
Center, Iowa. 

REV. GEORGE E. CONE. 

TUCKBR-DIBHLi — At the home of the 
bride's sistar, Mrs. James Mardis, Johnstown, 
Pa., on Saturday, December 9, 1922, occurred 
the marriage ceremony of Mr. Charles S. 
Tucker of Springdale, Pa., and Miss Hazel 
Diehl of Johnstown, Pa. 

Following the ceremony a sumptuous wed- 
ding supper was served by Mrs. Mardis. Mr. 
and Mrs. Tucker will reside at Springdale, 
Pa. Ceremony by the writer. 

L. G. WOOD. 

BARKHYMER-CAMPBELL — At the resi- 
dence of the writer, 3S1 Westmoreland Ave- 
nue, Johnstown, Pa., December 21st, 1922, 
James Leroy Barkhymer and Ruth Auzonetta 
Campbell were united in marriage by the 
writer. They are both well known and re- 
spected young people of the city. He is a 
member of the Third Brethren church and 
the bride is a member of the Sisterhood of 
Mary and Martha. They enjoy the congratu- 
lations of many friends. 

L. G. WOOD. 



IN THE SHADOW 



ALEXANDER — Everett Wayne Alexander, 
son of Edwin and Velma Alexander, was born 
November 18, 1922 and departed this life No- 
vember 23, 1922. This little lite was only 
allowed to be here 4 days until Jesus took 
him. Our sympathies go out to the parents. 
Services at the home near Williamstown, by 
the writer. B. F. OWEN. 

MAUST— -iMrs Edgar Maust, whose maiden 
name was Alice L. Fike, departed this earthly 
life on December 12, 1922, being almost 38 
years of age. Her serious illness lasted less 
than 12 hours. She died as a result of com- 
plications in her condition of pregnancy, be- 
ing a heroine in the performance of the high- 
est duty that femininity imposes, that of 
motherhood. She was united in marriage with 
Edgar Maust in 1912. One son, Edgar Fike 
Maust, aged 4, blessed this union, and, to- 



gether with his father, survives. About 13 
years ago she became a member of the Mey- 
ersdale church, and was a faithful member 
and a good woman. The husband, also, is a 
fatihful member of the church. 

Her unexpected departure was a shock to 
hosts of friends. The funeral service was 
held in the Meyersdale church. 

H. L. GOUGHNOUR. 

HAM — John E Ham departed this life on 
the morning of December 17 after a very 
brief illness. The immediate cause of his 
death was heart trouble. He was born in 
Andrews, Huntington County, Indiana, and 
spent his closing days in Ft. Wayne. He was 
a member of the Brethren church at Hunt- 
ington and was interested in the organiza- 
tion of a church in Ft Wayne. The Sunday 
school service was to be held in his home 
on the day he departed. His one desire was 
for the service of anointing, but on account 
of no minister being in the city, the distance 
to Huntington and the deep snow just falling 
and the suddenness of his death this wish 
could not be carried out, although the at- 
tempt was made. The immediate relatives 
remaining are Mrs. Belle Ham, whose name 
IS familiar to all; three children, — Celia, Ger- 
trude, Ho Pauline, and Elwood Gorman; and 
a half brother, Wilbur J., who lived in the 
home from youth. Funeral services were 
conducted from the home by the writer, as- 
sisted by Rev. J. W. Brower of Milford, In- 
diana. H. E. EPPLEY. 

SHAFISa — Ross, son of William H. and 
Henrietta (Krisher) Shafer, was born in Jef- 
terson township, Miami county, Indiana, May 
30, 1S9S; departed this life at his home in 
Richland township, November 18, 1922, at the 
early age of 24 years, 5 months and 18 days. 
He united with the Brethren chvirch at Mex- 
ico at the age of ten years. He was united 
in marriage to Ardis Velta Engart, December 
15, 1920 at Peru, by Rev. G. C. Carpenter. 

Ross was of a kind and cheerful disposi- 
tion always ready to help those in need about 
him. He loved his home and loved ones, very 
dearly, was a devoted husband, always seek- 
ing the best for his companion. He prayed 
and asked his friends to pray for him, that 
he might live, but he said, "If it be the 
Lord's will for me to go, I am ready; our 
Father knows best and some day we will un- 
derstand." He was cnscious to the last. His 
dying words were, "Goodbye, God be with 
you till we meet again." 

He was one of a family of six children, a 
sister preceding him to the spirit world. He 
leaves a companion, father, mother and four 
brothers, namely, Oscar and Floyd of near 
Deedsville and Earl and Arnold at home, and 
a host of other relatives and friends to 
mourn his departure. 

Funeral services were held at the Brethren 
church, conducted by Rev. J. W. Clark. In- 
terment in Green Lawn cemetery at Mexico, 
Indiana. 

UOLSINGEtR — ^Simon R Holsinger was born 
at Morrisons Cove, Blair county, Pennsyl- 
vania, June 29, 1S35, and died at the home of 
his daughter, Mrs. Edith Deeter, at Norcatur, 
Kansas, December 12, 1922 aged 87 years, 5 
months and 15 days. In 1856 he moved to 
Ogle County, Illinois and in February, 1861 
was married at Forreston, Illinois, to Caro- 
line Saterlee, to which union 12 children 
were born — 7 girls and 5 boys — all of whom, 
with the wife and mother, have passed to the 
other world, with the exception of two, Mrs. 
Gertie Reaier and Mrs. Edith Deeter, both of 
Norcatur, Kansas with whom he spent the 
closing yeirs of his life. There wn-u also 7 
grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren left 
to mourn his going. 

Mr. Holsinger began teaching school in 
1855 and during his teaching experience 
taught 46 terms of school. For a number of 
years he canvassed much of Kansas and Ne- 
braska territory for the sale of books and 
Bibles. At the age of 24 he became a mem- 
ber of the Brethren chhrch and was a char- 
ter member of that church in the Colony, 
and during the years of his life he retained 
a deep reverent affection for his Divine Mak- 
er. Funeral servces by Rev. Bethel Cook, 
assisted by Rev. Croseclose. 



FROM COMPTON AVENUE CHTIECH 

Christmas time is again at hand, and we 
are reminded of the great sacrifice that was 
made for our redemption and salvation, and 
of our obligations to him who gave himself 
for us that he might redeem unto himself a 
peculiar people, zealous of good works. It is 
quite a long time since we contributed any- 
thing for the Evangelist from the Compton 
Avenue Brethren church of Los Angeles, Cal- 
ifornia, but the church has not ceased plod- 



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JANUARY 3, 1923 



ding along in the Master's business, even if 
tlie correspondent did prove somewhat dere- 
lict in giving the readers of our beloved 
"Evangelist" a knowledge of our doings. 
Our pastor, N. V. Leatherman, has had no 
vacation this summer as many ministers do, 
but has supplied us regularly each Sunday 
morning and evening with a sermon, besides 
teacliing the Adult Bible class in our Sunday 
school and officiating at our Wednesday eve- 
ning prayer meetings, and attending to much 
other business that pertained to the church. 
And the church in response to his faithful- 
ness has arranged with him to continue with 
us as pastor. 

We have not had man^ additions since my 
last correspondence, but the membership has 
been kept faithfully at work and I am glad 
to say not without any visible fruits, but 
every now and ■ then we have had baptisms 
and additions to the church, enough to con- 
vince us that the Holy Spirit is still striving 
with the unsaved. 

Our Sunday school had their customary 
summer picnic, w'hich was enjoyed as usual 
by the children ;and many of the grownups. 
We also had our usual rally week in Septem- 
ber for the Sunday school, the Christian En- 
deavor and the church, which were both in- 
teresting and profitable. 

In October, we were favored with a visit 
by Dr. Thwing, who seems to be perfectly at 
home with the children. He has done service 
as a missionary in China and has no difEiculty 
in interesting his audience. 

In November two Landrum brothers from 
our Kentucky Mission, who are now attend- 
ing school at the Bible Institute, kindly con- 
sented to come out one evening and give us 
interesting talks, convincing us again that 
our money is not spent in vain that we send 
to our Kentucky mission. 

Thursday night of this week Eev. Bradley 
of Egypt General Mission, entertained, as 
well as instructed us with stereopticon views 
of Palestine and Egypt, and ,told us many 
good things about the work of their mission 
which is principally devoted to winning the 
Moslems to Christ. 

But I must not fail to mention as one of 
the most edifying occasions of the year was 
a series of Bible lectures by our Brother, Dr. 
E. M. Cobb, who now resides within the 
bounds of the Compton Avenue church 
Brother Cobb was aided in his lectures by an 
immense illustrated chart of his own design- 
ing, giving us a glimpse of God 's dealing with 
man from his inception in the garden of 
Eden to his ultimate victory through Christ, 
and reigning with him as kings and priests 
upon the earth. Or eternally ruined by being 
cast into the lake of fire which is the second 
.death, according as we choose in this life. 

Dr. Cobb's lectures were all too short for 
the vastness of the subject he had to deal 
with, but he did not fail to impress us with 
the nearness of the time when the Lord him- 
self shall descend from heaven with a shout, 
with the voice of the Archangel, and with the 
trump of God; and the dead m Christ shall 
rise first; then we which are alive and remain 
shall be caught up together with them in the 
clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so 
shall we ever be with the Lord. 

J. H. PECK, 
6007 Converse Avenue, 
Los Angeles, 'California. 



followed that of Smyrna. AU Christians ex- 
cept men between the ages of 17 and 56 have 
been ordered out of Turkish Nationalistic ter- 
ritory and there are great migrations of 
women and children, including' tnousands of 
orphans who have been under the care of 
American Near East ReUef workers, now on 
their way to the seaports where they hope to 
find passage to some place of safety. 

In one day seventeen wireless messages 
were received at the Near East Relief Head- 
quarters in Constantinople from stations on 
the coast and in the interior where refugees 
have congregated m their flight from tneir 
mortal enemies. One from Samsoun reads: 
"Can you take 300 mountain children'? If 
not it means their end. ' ' Another from Mer- 
sine; "There is no port open to receive 6,000 
refugees. Where can they go'?" and from 
Tokat; "Situation most critical; 3,500 refu- 
gees trudging through blinding snowstonn 
from Tokat to Samsoun. Must have bread or 
thousands will perish." 

These messages were relayed by American 
Destroyers patrolling the Mediterranean and 
Black Sea coasts which are already crowded 
with refugees. So grave is the situation that 
on November 27th President Harding issued a 
second appeal for relief in which he states: 

' ' The need as revealed in the latest cable 
reports far exceeds aU previous calculations. 
I am sure the people of the United States will 
grasp the magnitude and pathos of a situa- 
tion involving the absolute known destitution 
of over a million and a quarter women and 
children and old men." 



THIS WEEK 

PRESIDENT HARDING ISSUES A SECOND 

APPEAL 

(Editorial Note: We have repeatedly ad- 
vised our readers as to the dire need existing 
in the Near East an.d our people have re- 
sponded generously, yet the seriousness of the 
situation demands sacrifice. This second ap- 
peal of the President, delayed for lack of 
space, should receive immediate response. 
Send contributions to Near East Relief, 151 
Madison Avenue, New York City). 

Another great human tragedy has quickly 



BUENA VISTA, VIRGINIA AND MT. AIRY, 
NORTH CAROLINA, PROM THE SEC- 
RETARY EVANGELIST'S VIEW- 
POINT 

After continuous evangelistic meetings since 
the middle of July, the writer turned to du- 
ties as secretary. The continuous strain of 
preaching night after night, visiting during 
the day and the necessary travel, makes no 
little demand upon the weary evangelist; yet 
we have been blessed with unusually good 
health and on the whole the work has been 
pleasant and profitable both to ourselves and 
the fields in which we were privileged to labor. 
The near approach of the holiday season 
caused a vacant period in the calls for evan- 
gelistic meetings and the time was utilized 
in visiting needy congregations. 

Upon the urgent request of the present pas- 
tor, C. C. Haun, we first visited Buena Vista, 
Virginia. We labored with these people in 
July when they at a business meeting decided 
to call Brother Haun as their pastor, for the 
year. He sometime after the meeting assumed 
charge of the work as pastor and has been 
laboring faithfully with them for half-time 
since then. During our work with them in 
July, we taught them; this time in prepara- 
tion for communion services, we preached 
several days. We had fair audiences each 
evening and also on Sunday morning, but 
when we came to the communion services on 
Sunday evening, we were very much disap- 
pointed. Here in a church that had reported 
one hundred and sixty nine confessions dur- 
ing revivals in two years, had, fourteen people 
at the Lord's tables, not including the two 
preachers. Surely, Brethrenism has little 
' ' rootage ' ' here. Brethren people cannot af- 
ford to miss participating in the ordinances. 
The indifference here manifested is not due 
to the work of the evangelist who held their 
meetings, nor to Brethren preachers; but there 
is a type of people here who become con- 
verted to any new ' ' fang-dangled ' ' religious 
fanaticism that comes along; so "Holy Rol- 
lers," Eussellism, and like "isms" receive 
a following. Here, however, as everywhere 
you find the faithful few standing true and 
loyal to Brethrenism; for these we pray, for 
they have discouragements, yet we believe 
that their faithfulness will prevail and with 
faithful leadership they will push onward. 



They have an interesting Sunday school, and 
Brother Haun is encouraging them in right 
lines. We hope and pray that the faithful 
ones here will not grow weary but push on- 
ward to victory. 

Leaving the Buena Vista people, we jour- 
neyed to Mt. Airy, North Carolina. This is 
the most southern point of our District; we 
left the Winston-Salem line of the N. & W. 
at Walnut Cove, reaching Mt. Airy by another 
railroad and then found a drive of seven 
miles, over muddy roads on a dark night to 
the place of our destination. AVe met for the 
first time our Brother Stanford Newman, who 
tries to keep the spark of Brethrenism burn- 
ing in this church. In a visit with these peo- 
ple for a week, we preached for them, vis- 
ited and tried to stuUy conditions that enter 
into the religious life of the community. This 
church was organized some years ago and 
seemed to have a bright future, but the devil 
was upon the scene and through the leader- 
ship brought ruin and discouragement upon 
the little group. Since then they have had 
occasional preaching from visiting brethren of 
Roanoke and one meeting by I. D. Bowman. 
We found remaining seventeen members after 
the ' ' wolf e ' ' had made his visit. We believe 
these are true to the faith and long for 
preaching. The roads were very muddy, yet 
the people walked for miles (even to hear the 
writer preach). In these meetings we were 
not aiming at any special effort along evan- 
gelistic lines, and yet we had a reconsecra- 
tion during the short meetings. We promised 
these loyal faithful remaining ones that if 
possible to re-visit them and hold a meeting 
for them. 

There is much work to do along the line 
that a secretaiy could do; but it seems in 
order to meet the financial end, most all the 
time must be given to evangelism; this is to 
be deplored. There are two or three places 
in this District where the Brethren church 
should be established; but nothing can be 
done because of the lack of funds. We some- 
times question, why a professing Whole Gos- 
pel people are so everlastingly stingy that the 
work must be crippled. 

Our next meeting will be with the Bethle- 
hem church of which Brother C. C! Haun is 
pastor. Brethren, pray for us that we may be 
used to his glory. 

A. B. COVER, Secretary-Evangelist. 



ANNOUNCEMENTS 



SOME OPEN DATES LEFT 

I still have a few open dates for ev; 
Ustie meetings, or as song leader. Writ 
at my home address, Warsaw, Indiana. 

C. C. GRISSf 

MISS BICKEL'S STEAMER ADDREE • 

Miss Florence Bickel will sail from 
York January 17th on the S S • ' PARIS. "■ i 
will join the other members of the Afri„.;ii 
Mission in Paris and remain there until April 
for the purpose of studying the French lan- 
guage. No doubt many of her friends will 
desire to write her a message of God-speed. 
Such letters must reach New York by the 
morning of January 17th and should be ad- 
dressed to 

Miss Florence Bickel, 

c|o S S Paris, 

Pier 57, North River, 

Foot of West 15t'h St., 

New York 'City. 

Address of Our Missionaries in France 
33 Grande Rue, 
Nogent sur Marne, 
Seine, France. 

ALVA J. McCLAIN, 
Secretary Foreign Board. 



Prof. J. Aii-^n lailr^r.-i,.- • ^-i 
Grant Street, JC, 

Aanland, Ohio. 




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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



Opposition to Bible Reading — Editor, 

Editorial Review, 

Publication Day — T)r. C. A. Banie, 

Personal Evangelism of Jesus — Earl Huette, . . . . 
Supreme Need of the Church — G. W. Kinzie, . . . . 

Brother Kiehl 's Observation, 

Hrst Things First — W. E. Ronk, 

Special Praise at Christmas Time — H. E. Eppley, 



The Prodigal Son— G. S. Baer, 

The Brethren Sunday School— M. A. Stuckey, 
White Gifts— I. D. Slotter 



10 

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11 

Christian Endeavor Week — J. A. Garber, 11 

Letters from Dr. Gribble, 13 

News from the Field, 13-14 

Our Variety Department, 14-16 

Business Manager 's Corner, 16 



EDITORIAL 



Opposition to Bible Reading In Public Schools! 



In view of the growing sentiment in favor of Bible reading in 
public schools, it is not surprising to find tlie opposing elements 
tightening their lines in some quarters. The opposition arises prin- 
cipally from two religious groups — the Jewish and Catholic. The in- 
fluence of these two minorities is more decisive than their numbers 
would warrant, first because the Jew controls the money market and 
the movies of our land, and second because the Catholics exercise a 
larger control over the secular press than any other one influence. 
In regard to the Jewish opposition the issue is clear-cut and irrecon- 
cilable, because they deny that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, 
in whom center all the writings of the Old and New Testaments. 
And we may as well recognize that if our nation is to become Chris- 
tian in deed as well as in name, it must become so in the face of 
the opposition of the orthodox Jews. Concerning the opposition of 
the Catholics, however, the issue is not so clearly evident in view 
of the fact that they, along with Protestant Christians, claim to be 
custodians of the Word of God as revealed through Jesus Christ. But 
when we consider the historic attitude of the Catholic church toward 
enlightenment, unhampered knowledge of the Bible and individual 
interpretation the issues are easily distinguishable and there is no 
cause for surprise. In this the church is simply going true to form. 

One recent instance of Catholic opposition merits our considera- 
tion, not because of its individual importance but because it is typical 
of such effort which is becoming widespread. It comes to our notice 
from the town of Hannibal, Missouri, wihere for forty years the 
school board has permitted Bible reading and prayer, by definite 
statement in its Rules and Regulations. Doubtless the Catholics have 
grown sufficiently strong in this community to give them reason to 
think that the hour has come when they can break down this worthy 
practice. 

Now it has long been contrary to Catholic policy to permit their 
people unrestricted liberty in reading the Word of God. In fact, the 
very nature of the ordinances of the Roman Catholic church indicates 
that it is dangerous to give the Bible freely to the laity. For a long 
time they were not permitted to read any English version, and even 
now they are forbidden to read any except the Douay Bible, a ver- 
sion inspired and authorized by the Catholic church, and a descend- 
ant of a greatly corrupted Latin version. It has always been to the 
interest of the Roman church to prevent its communicants from be- 
coming any more enlightened than the Catholic hienaxchy deemed 



advisable. The priest of the town of Hannibal confesses that "The 
reading or possession of any version, not his own, is a practice obnox- 
ious to the Catholic and forbidden by Ms church." It is possible 
that other and purer versions would awaken the sincere Catholic mind 
to phases of Gospel truth that would make him less subservient to 
Catholic control. 

The Roman hierarchy, unwilling that any form of the Holy 
Scriptures shall be read except its own corrupted form, is seeking 
through the agency of the local priest and the Knights of Columbus 
to prevent the reading of the Bible in the public schools of that 
community, and is putting forth the same effort everywhere else that 
it has any considerable influence. The many young people who need 
so much the inspiration, instruction and stimulus of the Bible in 
matters of conduct to enable them to grow up clean and strong must 
be denied that benefit, if the Roman church is to have its way. 

But the surprise in this particular situation comes when we learn 
that one of the local Protestant pastors defends the Catholic con- 
tention, and in connection therewith presumes to speak the attitude 
of his denomination — ^the denomination that wears the name of the 
gi'eat Martin Luther. In his published letter we find these bold and 
strange statements: 

"We heartily oppose the reading of the Bible, with or without 
comment, and the repeating of the Lord's prayer, or any other prayer, 
in the public schools. Our public schools must be entirely non-relig- 
ious. The education they aje to give is one of the intellect, not of 
the heart; they are to feed the head, not the soul." 

This pastor's representation of his own church's attitude toward 
the matter in question does not accord with that of some leading 
ministers we know in his own denomination. A certain scholarly and 
highly influential pastor of this particular denomination recently 
replied to our inquiry, "There is nothing in our church that would 
be incompatible with the reading of the Bible in the public schools, 
nor do I think such practice incompatible with the policy of keep- 
ing the church and state separate. ' ' 

In regard to his view of the type of education the public schools 
should dispense, we feel justified in saying that it does not harmon- 
ize with the facts relative to the present tendency in education, nor 
the history of its aims and methods. Intellectual development doubt- 
less is the prime purpose of our public schools, but our worthiest 
schoolmen are telling us today that Christian idealism is an essential 



JANUARY 10, 1923 



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factor in all true education, and that ii our schools are to serve ths 
liighest national ends, as they are supposed to do, this vital factor 
must be injected into them, and the Bible w'hich teaches it must be 
more widely known. A prominent city school superintendent and a 
leader in the educational circles of his state expressed himself as 
convinced of the importance of Christian idealism being brought to 
bear upon the life of the pupil. He is a warm advocate of reading 
the Bible in the public schools, and even of studying it in a proper 
way, so as to acquaint the pupils with its contents, that it may be 
used to re-inforce moral instruction. 

Besides, more important than purely intellectual training in the 
lower grades is getting the child started on the road to the formation 
of right habits in all that concerns a useful and successful life. It 
is supremely important that the child should be encouraged to have 
respect for authority, and to cultivate habits of obedience, truthful- 
ness, honesty, industry and purity. Many school authorities are 
agreed that familiarizing the child with the beautiful stories of the 
Bible is a wonderful help to these ends. So important is this con- 
sidered that they are bringing out public school text-books contain- 
ing Bible stories for children. 

Conscientious teachers have generally recognized their duty to 
extend beyond the mere intellectual development of their pupils. We 
can all recall, and have been benefited thereby, the little "lectures" 
on right conduct, worthy ambitions, pure thinking, clean living and 
reverence for God and the Bible, given by teachers who took their 
tasks seriously. Superintendents and school directors have very gen- 
erally encouraged and supplemented such efforts. 

No one can be considered educated today without a knowledge 
of the Bible. One can not read literature intelligently, appreciate 
the world's best art, or noblest music, or understand history if he is 
not familiar with his Bible. Especially is it considered important 
that the teacher shall know the Holy Scriptures as well as Shakes- 
peare and General History. A very able college professor, who has 
been training teachers for twenty-five years, said to me, "A man 
cannot truly teach history, or literature, or sociology, or ethics, or 
a number of other subjects, without a knowledge of the Bible, and 
without dealing with Christian idealism Which it sets forth. 

If the education dispensed in our public schools should be 
divorced from all moral and religious elements, we would soon be a 
nation without a heart. This is not discounting the great work dore 
by the church which the schools cannot do, but frankly recognizing 
that the great majority of American youth are not reached by the 
church and that the public schools afford the one and only opportu- 
nity of coming in touch with the life of practically every normal 
child. And the tide is growing steadily stronger in favor of bring- 
ing moral and religious idealism to supplement in a larger way the 
popular secular education. 

This is in perfect harmony with the historic American attitude. 
In Colonial days the Bible was not only read; it was taug'ht in the 
schools. The religious motive was so strong that it dominated the 
whole of education. Professor Ellwood P. Oubberly, in his History 
of Education, writing on this point, says, "One learned to read 
chiefly that he might be able to read the Catechism and the Bible, 
and to know the will of the Heavenly Father." The religious motive 
held sway through the Colonial period and the first half century of 
our national life. It was only a score of years before the Civil War, 
during the educational awakening led by Horace Mann, that instruc- 
tion adapted to democratic and national ends rather than religious 
came gradually to prevail. But even then the reading of the Bible 
in public schools was jealously guarded. Mr. Mann himself declared 
that the Bible was "an invaluable book for forming the character 
of children, and should be read without comment in the schools." 
When the states took proper action to bring the schools under state 
control, there seems to have been no conscious purpose to prohibit 
the reading of the Bible without comment; the very definite purpose 
was to exclude sectarian teaching. In the states where Bible read- 
ing is prohibited today, the status has been brought about by de- 
cisions of state supreme courts, or rulings of attorneys-general, or 
state school superintendents to the effect that certain parts of the 
Bible or all of it are sectarian. There are only nine such states. 
But even in them there are many incorporated communities that per- 
mit Bible reading, as for example, Hannibal, Missouri. When this 
controversy has been before state supreme courts the decisions have 
been favorable more often than adverse. In sii states Bible reading 



is required, and in aU others except the nine referred to, it is read 
"by general consent or the influence of school officials," according 
to the Editor of The Christian Statesman. 

In maintaining the admirable policy of separation of church and 
state and freedom of religious worship, we must not make the fatal 
mistake of breaking away from Christian idealism and giving free 
rein to those who would teach godlessuess and crime. We have been 
inclined to forget of late that the foundation of our nation's great- 
ness is the fear of God, and many have treated it with deplorable 
(Continued on pagre 7) 

EDITORIAL REVIEW 



Brother Thomas Allen thinks the outlook is encouraging at Kjyp- 
ton, Kentucky, and is insistent on the need of a pastor. 

Bead the Business Manager's Corner this week — ^Evangelist sub- 
scriptions, Conference Minutes and Publication Day. Let's all do it. 

Sunnyside, Washington, is going forward under the faithful lead- 
ership of Brother F. G. Coleman, whose ministering of the Word 
seems to be greatly appreciated by these good people. 

The Manteca, California, church reports a splendid celebration 
of the birth of Jesus, by means of a, miscellaneous program in the 
morning and a cantata given under the direction of the pastor, 
Brother J. Wesley Piatt, on the evening of December 24. 

Brother Paul Miller greatly appreciated his work vnth the good 
people of Louisville, Ohio, where he recently closed a successful meet- 
ing, a report of which was made last week. We have learned since 
last week that Brother E. F. Byers has been secured as pastor of 
Louisville, 

Brother C. K. Koontz reports progi'ess in his pastorate at Lin- 
wood, Maryland, where he is entering upon his third year. Though 
Brother Koontz is a product of this Church, his leadership is proving 
itself worthy of the respect and confidence of his parishioners. His 
church recently had the benefit of a meeting conducted by Brother 
A. B. Cover. 

Christian Endeavor's forty-second anniversary is to be observed 
during the week beginning January 28. Prof. J. A. Garber offers a 
suggestive program on Christian Endeavor page. H opens appro- 
priately with ' ' Denominational Day, ' ' and we would like to suggest 
that since January 28 is "Publication Day," that loyalty to denom- 
inational publications and the publishing house be emphasized in 
their program. 

A card bearing latter news than the letters published in this 
issue states Dr. Gribble and Brother Bennett arrived at Matadi, in 
Africa on November 21, and that they were expecting to arrive at 
Bangui, December 12. Brother Gribble and Miss Myers are expected 
to meet them there, Miss Myers being en route to America, where 
she is expected to arrive in Februaiy. Sister Gribble informs us 
that Brother Jobson and Miss Hillegas were married on November 
16. 

Dr. Jacobs ' announces the issuance of ' ' The Students ' Activity 
Number" of the College Quarterly, which he desires to be circulated 
as widely as possible, especially among the young people. The need 
of a new dormitory for girls seems to be more pressing -ndth each 
semester. And we doubt not that if the need is ever to be met, it 
must be met with Brethren funds. Scarcely a finer way could be 
conceived of memorializing some friend or relative or cause on the 
part of those to whom God has given wealth. 

Brother Slotter is able to make an even better report on White 
Gift offering receipts this week than last, and, as he comments, it is 
encouraging to note that a number of schools have increased their 
offerings. We wish to compliment the schools on their promptness. 
Apropos the White Gift offerings, the report of Brother M. A. 
Stuckey concerning his field work in the interest of the Sunday 
schools of the brotherhood will be appreciated, since it is by means 
of these gifts that this work is made possible. Brother Stuckey has 
left a good impression wherever he has gone. 



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1723 THE BRETHREN 1923 
BICENTENARY MOVEMENT 

Dr. Charles A. Bame, Executive Secretary 




Publication Day 



HAPPY NEW YEAR 



Did you realize that we are coming right close to Pub- 
lication Day again? Again V So soon, did you say? Yes, so 
soon! Does it disocurage you? Are there too many days, 
indeed? Do they come too fast? If that is your attitude, 
I am coming in this message to disabuse you of your wrong 
perspective. I am in evangelism, this winter; what if I 
should say, ' ' What ! Another meeting ? Do I have to run 
away from my family again, just to try to 'compel them 
(sinners) to come in,' even M^hen I know they do not want 
me to disturb them in their sin? We have missionaries on 
the field; what if they should say, 'What! Call more mis- 
sionaries to this infested area, for this sinful people when 
they are happy in their ignorance?" Or the farmer knows 
that soon spring will come; what if he should lament that 
spring is coming again? The merchant has just passed an- 
other of those terrible nerve-racking times — the Christmas 
time — when business is so busy that he has to ask his custo- 
mers to buy early in order properly to take care of his trade ; 
what if he should' say, ' ' Oh, these terrible Christmases ! Wish 
they would not come so often!" Or Dr. Jacobs might say, 
"Now the agony of breaking in another set of students," 
at the beginning of every semester. "All this stuff to go 
over again! I just wish we would not have terms oftener 
than every four years ! ' ' All that would sound just as sen- 
sible and as good as for the preachers or church leaders to 
talk thus about Publication Day. We just must have Pub- 
lication Day whether we have it under the guise of Bicen- 
tenary Movement or otherwise. We must have literature 
and we must have a printing plant to make it if we are at 
all good business folk and we must keep it going if we want 
it. It can not go without Publication Day, if we are to take 
the word of our Business Manager or the experience of 
many others who endow religious plants. Indeed, we ought 
not lament that we have Publication Day any more than 
Dr. Jacobs laments the beginning of a new term of school 
or the farmer laments the coming of spring. Publication 
Day spells opportunity to do good; opportunity to express 
our appreciation of our cause — of our literature. Apprecia- 
tion of the men who are trying to keep going, our presses 
that tell what we can not. Not all can preach, not all can 
write ; but most of us can give a little to make possible, the 
work of those who can. PUBLICATION DAY, IS BRETH- 
REN OPPORTUNITY DAY. 

We Are Making Progress 

We have a good printing plant. Go into ours and then 
into many others, and you will be prouder of our plant. 
There was a day not so far distant when this could not have 
been said: "We have a good plant." We have a good lit- 
erature: The Teacher and Edticator will compare with the 
best publications of its kind in the land — it is better than 
any, for Brethren teachers; The Brethren Evangelist is in- 
creasingly and accumulatively, a Brethren publication and 
it is for that I have prayed for a long time. The Angelus 
is better than most papers of its class. But why enumerate 
and classify. Every Brethren publication ought to be the 
best in its class, not only for Brethren but for all ; and this 
can not be made possible without Publication Day. Are you 
not glad we have the day, then? I am and I hope you are. 



I hope you will show it in a better gift this year than yo 
did other years. I hope more churches will give ; I hope al 
churches will give more. We have a good plant; we hav 
good wx'iters and authors ; that all spells opportunity ; if w 
have enough money to pay for our plant and get rid of th( 
encumbering mortgage and then some, properly to encoui 
age more writers to get busy and keep busy, we shall be oi 
a better way, denominationally. 

January Twenty-Eight 

This is the date for this offering. It can as well b 
taken on this date as any other ; a revival meeting ought no 
to hinder the offering unless it might happen to be the las 
day of that revival. The Family Altar Drive ought no 
hinder, even though it was but two weeks before, since tha 
new experience of prayer ought to have put some new thing; 
on the hearts of the peoples whose altar fires have begun t( 
burn. No other Day ought to be dragged out to this time 
and so, our way ought to be clear for a good clean sweej 
and the BEST OFFERING WE HAVE EVER MADE FOI 
BRETHREN PRINTING, PUBLICATIONS AND PROPA 
GANDA. In other years, we have done well; the report o: 
last year was an inspiration; but it ought to be better, thii 
year, more because of the fact that this is "the last year t( 
go," for this Movement, and it ought to be the best. W( 
ought to get much more this year, because so many mor( 
churches ought to get in the running and make a good gif' 
— the best they can do, howevei' small. No church ought tc 
give less than last year, either, if we are to make a com^ 
mendable progress. Progress docs not point backward. 

No personal feeling ought to enter this affair, for it if 
the cause, not persons, that Ave are to support. It is Breth 
ren Literature that we wish ; a literature AHthout a taint oJ 
skepicism, criticism, compromise or surrender, that we ar« 
promoting. Give to this Fund, and we believe that you art 
doing this very thing. Give to it and demand that it shall 
be so. Give, so that it may be said, that, in the land is one 
press wliich not only stands by the old-time Brethren doc- 
trines but "the Bible, the Whole Bible and NOTHING BUT 
THE BIBLE." Give, not because it is Publication Day, bu1 
because the times call for it ; the day of the Lord needs it : 
our Master expects it. Give, because we can not live with- 
out it nor tell the world who we are nor what we do, unless 
you give. 

How Much To Give 

Churches that I have visited know that I had hoped 
that the brotherhood would, diiring the period of thi.« 
Movement, remove the itidebtedness from our Publishing 
Property. You have not done this by a good deal. It must 
be done before we can go forward as we should. So, this 
time, go the limit. Give all you can and then some more. 
Give like you were giAdng for sale bills to sell your property 
— for this is the way we sell ourselves to those who do not 
know lis. Give like you do on the day you dedicate your 
ehui-ches and you will begin to meet the need. One Dollar 
per member mil not obliterate the debt, but that will do a 
lot of good and go a long ways towards the end. We ex- 
pect it of you and pray that you will prove yourself loyal 
to your church and trae to your self-set task. The Lord vis- 
it you and your church January Twenty-Eight, 1923. 

BAME. 



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GENERAL ARTICLES 



Personal EvaDgelism of Jesus. By Eari Huette 



The evangelistic career of Jesus was preceded with 
)rayer and fasting — not for a half-day or a day, but for 
orty days. The first thing he did was to show to his 
^^ather, God, that he was the "man for the job," that he 
yfiad backbone enough to say, "Get thee behind me" to the 
Oevil during tlie time of temptation. 

It is a proven fact that a man, to be an evangelist, must 
be able to "talk back" to the Devil — literally, in at least 
three ways: 

1. In the "Get Thee Behind Me" style. 

2. MuvSt be ready to quote Scripture spontaneously, 
correctly and not be afraid that he is going to hurt some- 
one's personal feelings. 

3. He must use good, understandable grammar and 
with a force and conviction that will convince the people 
that he believes what he says and that he is willing to back 
every word he utters. 

This ai-ticle is not a lesson on "How to become an 

1^1 evangelist" or a suggestion to those who are evangelists but 

I it is the firm belief of one of the fellows who has to listen 



to and who loves to hear, not the wishy- washy, mealy- 
mouthed, soft-toned, flower garden variety of evangelist l)ut 
rather does he admire a man who KNOWS GOD and who 
has UN-oomrn'on sense enough to use the Bible as his Text 
Book and is not afraid to tell a sinner, either in the church 
or out, that he is "going to hell unless HE CHOOSES 
JESUS CHRIST AS HIS GOD AND SAVIOR." 

So much for the introduction. Now let's study the way 
that Jesus acted when he was the leading evangelist of the 
world. But before we get that far, the thought comes to 
me that Jesus started out pretty young in life as an evan- 
gelist of note, although he did not have such a large audi- 
ence and though his early effort was cut short by his 
mother, Mary, heading into the meeting. Referring to the 
trip to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover, when, after 
the meeting was over, Maiy and Joseph came back to town 
after they had been on the journey home for three days, and 
they found Jesus in the Temple talking to the wise men and 
the la^^'ye^■s and the prophets. There he was, twelve years 
old, asking and ansAvering questions in a way that none of 
those Pharisees were able to do. He was telling them things 
they had never heard of, and asking them questions that 
they could not answer in a dozen centuries. 

Just then Mary came in and asked Jesus what he M-as 
doing, and he said without a moment's hesitation, "Wist ye 
not that I must be about my Father's business'?" He rec- 
ognized God's aiTthoi'ity but he also recognized parental 
authority, for he went home whh his mother. I am just 
wondei'ing, "If Jesus had been left to go from this time on, 
as he started, is it probable that the Jews would have re- 
jected him later?" I am not placing a question mark after 
the Word of God or trying to suggest a debatable question ; 
but I am trying to get jow to see, -v^-ith me, the importance 
of the evangelistic cause and the opportunity wliich it pre- 
sents — that of helping to more firmly establish Christ's 
Kingdom here on earth and of causing the scales of uncer- 
tainty, dis-belief and mis-belief to fall from the eyes of men 
and women. 

After Jesus had dispersed the Devil, he began immedi- 
ately calling out to the people with the message, "Reijent, 
for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand," as his main sub- 
ject. 

Next he began choosing his co-workers. He got an or- 
ganization together, taking care that each man was fitted 



for a particular task and' willing to give himself over en- 
tirely to the work. 

Jesus took evei-y opportunity to preach to the people 
and perform miracles. He didn't have office hours and 
make the people ivait a long while and then after they had 
seen their loved ones spirits come out and parade around 
and talked with them and have their own fortunes told, 
extract all the money he could get from them. NO. JESUS 
CHRIST PREACHED TO THEM AND HE HEALED 
THEIR BODIES. He gave to them freely and immediately 
from all the power at his command, FREE and without a 
"charge account." 

Again. Jesus as an evangelist did not wait until the 
last week or two of his campaign to preach his masterpiece. 
Rather, on an early trip he preached the "Sermon on the 
Mount. ' ' A sermon that touched many lives then, has con- 
tinued to touch lives and Avill go on a-s long as the earth 
shall stand. He preached his good sermon in the beginning : 
attracted his crowd : drew attention and then continued tx) 
pour the T. N. T. of God's wrath into the hides and hearts 
of the old Pharisees, atheists and ISM-odic followers, while 
in almost the same breath he gave the assuring word, the 
healing touch to those who were willing to accept him and 
his message with their faith, believing, when he said, "Be 
of good cheer, thy sins be forgiven thee," "Take courage, 
daughter, your faith has cured you," "Oh woman, great is 
your faith: be it done to you as you desire," and many 
other expressions and manifestations of healing and power 
to forgive sins. 

Jesus took every opportunity to preach to people, 
either individually or collectively. Just two or three in- 
stances will I suggest: 

First — The wealthy young ruler who was not willing to 
give up his wealth and goods for Jesus. Jesus' message to 
him was simple, yet firm, "Keep the commandments." 

Second — Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, and again 
the message was direct and to the point, "Ye must be born 
again." Nicodemus "beat it" just Like a good many peo- 
ple today. But then I believe that Nicodemus was more of 
a gentleman than lots of people today and in every genera- 
tion, Avho "stick around" and have their names on the 
church book but who have not been "born again." Give 
Nicodemus credit, at lea.st, for being fair with Jesus. He 
didn't drag the name of Jesus down in the mud, dirt and 
slimy depths of the common "cuss words" and vulgarity. 
Also remember that even though he did not accept Jesus as 
his personal Savior, HE DID NOT stick the sword into the 
side nor pusli the croAVTi of thorns down on his brow tighter; 
nor give him vinegar instead of water; nor talk mean about 
him and deny that he Avas the Son of God; nor did he deny 
his Virgin Birth; nor deny that all he said was true, neither 
did he deny the Old Testament Scriptures and their inspira- 
tion to man from God'. He didn't question Jesus as to 
Avhether the earth Avas created or Avhether man was begun 
from a little bit of protoplasm and through a series of evolu- 
tionaiy processes that man has developed in the "high 
state ? " of educated being Avhich he is. He did not suggest 
that it is "more beautiful to believe that kind of reason- 
ing" than to take AA'hat Genesis says, "that God took a bit 
of mud and breathed into it the breath of life and man be- 
came a living soial." Nicodemus did not use any of these 
kind of arguments, but he did shoAA^ Jesus, through his 
actions that it Avas impossible for him to understand the 
AA'hole thing at once and he Avould not take "the faith 
that he had" and accept Christ and then groAv in undei-- 
standing, loyalty and grace, but he accepted his fate with 
a full knowledge and respect for what it takes to be a fol- 



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lower of Christ. You do not read where Nicodemua ever 
"knocked" Jesus and his teachings. Nieodemus was big 
enough tliough and the teacliings of Jesus had become so 
imbedded in his life that when Christ hung on the cross, he 
stood by sorrowful, and when the lifeless body was taken 
off the cross, it was Nieodemus who brought the mixture 
of myrrh and aloes and with Joseph of Arimathea wrapped 
the body in linen and placed it in the sepulchre. Nieodemus 
wa.sn't as bad as many of us today at that. Was he? 

Third- — Jefsus took advantage of the opportunity to talk 
with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. He told her of 
the sins of her life so convincingly that her conscience really 
hurt her to the extent that she accepted him then and there 
as her Savior and was so much in earnest that she hurried 
away to to^ivn and very soon the whole town was out to hear 
what Jesus had to say. 

This was an opportunity and it had been "passed up" 
by Jesus, there might be another link missing (example of 
.saving power) besides the "missing link" between man and 
the chimpanzee or some other soulless animal. 

Do you remember? Christ went without his dinner in 
order to preach this sermon. Talking about eating, me- 
thinks of the times Jesus talked to the five thousand and 
the four thousand men, besides women and children, when 



the sermons were so interesting that the people did not warn, 
to take time, or were unable to go home at mealtime. Jesuf 
viewed the situation and simply took charge of their phys 
ical needs, turned in and set up a "quick-service restau- 
rant." Both times there was fish and bread. (I do not kiiow 
if it was Prdiay or not). The poiat is: Christ comman- 
deered that which was at hand when he wanted to use it 
in the furtherance of his work, and it is his command that! 
we shall use the talents given us and the resources which' 
are at our command, for the upbuilding of his Kingdom, 
during every moment of our lives. 

Our Prayer 

God grant that more of us will "kwitmokia" and open 
our minds and hearts to the tasks at hand and really put in 
some overtime for the company in which we claim part own- 
ership. Amen. 

As one I am willing to set my name on the list toward 
answering this prayer and if you are willing, "Tell the 
Editor." Have you ever reconsecrated your life publicly, 
through the mail, over the phone to any one, or just between i 
God, yourself and family? If not, do it now. Say, "Jesus, 
I am going to do better work and put forth a greater effort 
for you than I have ever done before." 

Y. M. C. A., Dayton, Ohio. 



The Supreme Need of the Church. By g. w. Kinzie 

{Moderator's Address at Ohio Conference, Grafts, October 24, i922) 



A world, prostrate and bleeding, is calling for healing. 
Only the balm of the great Phy.sician can heal earth's 
wounds. He has had his representative, the church, on the 
field to minister to the needs of the stricken world for 
nearly two thousand years, and she has been busy in various 
ways striving to accomplish the task before her. Much hu- 
manitarian effort has been put forth and much time and 
money has been spent. Some things have been done; much 
more remains to be done. The task is enormous and requires 
great, supernatural strength and resources. And observing 
the halting, limping, sickly appearance of the church, and 
her seeming impotence, we are led to examine her to see 
what is wrong. Her great Head, the Lord Jesus, with 
all power in heaven and on earth, has promised all power 
necessary to enable her to do her work. Why, then, is it 
not done? Surely there must be some great deficiency with 
her, — some great overshadowing need within herself which 
robs her of power and cripples her efficiency. Studying 
what might be the need of the church, we find that her needs 
are very many. Many of these are secondary ; some are pri- 
mary. But can it be said that there is any one need which 
the church has that stands out as her supreme need,- — the 
need, which, if supplied, would also supply every other real 
need? I am convinced that there is. If so, what is it? 

Looking about us we find the world, and' worldly or- 
ganizations, and false isms, building fine, palatial homes and 
great temples with exquisite furnishings and equipment. 
Then I look at the great majority of our places of worship, 
with their meagre equipment, and I am impressed, as I am 
sure the rising generation must be, with the great contrast. 
One is made to wonder if Jehovah or Commercialism is the 
God of the worshippers, seeing that largely the same crowd 
is responsible in either instance. And I see that a great need 
of the church is better buildings, more attractive and invit- 
ing, more conveniently arranged and better furnished. Some- 
times we think that a fine new church, properly located and 
equipped, is the great need. There is a psychology about 
the place of worship that is worthy of our best thought. But 
this is not the church 's greatest need. 

Then we think of the little attention that is given to the 
music in our worship, and we think, "My what may we not 
be able to do if we just had the instruments, ( pipe organ, 
orchestra, etc.,) and if the talent in our churches took the 



pains to prepare themselves, and their presentations, for God 
that they do to entertain the world, and for gold!" And 
what a boon that would be. High class music is half the 
battle in the Lord's work, and will attract almost all classes 
to almost any kind of building. And why should the church 
not have more of it ? Think of the multitudes that would be 
attracted who are not now, to whom we would then have 
the opportunity to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ. 

Sometimes churches get the notion that their greatest 
need is a great preacher, learned, cultured, eloquent, a good 
mixer ; one who can ' ' cope ' ' with the other preachers of the 
community, or be "the most popular preacher in town;" a 
preacher that can "draw the crowds." And that is not al- 
together a mean ambition. But any church can make of 
their present pastor a really great preacher if they will only 
pay the price in consecration and prayer. But there is a 
far greater need than this, great as indeed it is. Dr. J. 
Wilbur Chapman has well said that it is not so much a draw- 
ing pastor that the church needs as it is a holding congre- 
gation. 

Again, we are all conscious of the great fundamental 
need of real, genuine love in the church ; — love whose height 
or depth or length or breadth cannot be measured, — the 
love of God shed abroad in our hearts for one another ; love 
in such measure that we shall each esteem the other better 
than himself, in honor preferring one another ; no man seek- 
ing his own, but each the other's wealth; love so strong and 
true that jealousy, envy, backbiting, etc., cannot grow in 
its atmosphere. how destitute we are of love like this! 
And yet "A new commandment I give unto you," said 
Christ, "that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that 
ye also love one another. BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN 
KNOW THAT YE ARE MY DISCIPLES, if ye have love 
one to another" (John 13:34, 35). How greatly do we need 
more love! 

Furthermore, we cannot help seeing the great and fla- 
grant inconsistencies in many of the members of the church, 
questionable, and positively evil things indulged, and justi- 
fied', hindering and drawing the individual allowing them, 
encouraging others to lawlessness to our Lord, and shutting 
the kingdom against hundrels and thousands. And we are 
made distressingly to realize how greatly we need real 
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marily to sin, and knowing that it is incumbent upon her 
who would represent the great Physician to be able to show 
by the life, as weU as by word of mouth, that it is possible 
to enjoy health and peace and joy in him. 

Yet fine church buildings, finely equipped and elegantly 
furnished ; the best of talent, most highly trained and pains- 
taking, whether musicians or ministers; love nor yet good- 
rta ness, or piety, represent the church's supreme need. Nor 
does this need differ for the church of today from that 
which has always been, and always will be her supreme 
need. The supreme need, when met, will meet also every 
other real need of the church. It is found in my text : 
"And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour 
out in those days of my Spirit" (Acts 2:18). "And they 
were all filled with the Holy Ghost" (Acts 4:31). 

To be filled with the Holy Ghost is the greatest possi- 
ble need of the church. His presence in fulness was the 
lone secret of the early church's power. Peter was changed 
from a coward, quailing before a little maid and denying 
his Master with horrible oaths, to the powerful preacher at 
Pentecost through whose single sermon three thousand souls 
were led to the Lord Jesus. They had no financial prob- 
lems due to shortage of funds, for ' ' as many as were posses- 
sors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices 
of the thing that were sold, and laid them d'ovsTi at the 
apostle's feet" (Acts 4:34, 35). Paul Avas changed from a 
persecutor to one who endured almost all sorts of persecu- 
tion, and was used of God to bring salvation to untold num- 
bers of souls and establish many churches in many parts of 
the world. The early Christians were enabled to endure the 
bitter persecutions, through which they were compelled to 
pass, only because they were so filled with the Holy Spirit, 
praising God that they were accounted worthy. They suf- 
fered banishment, death, flaying alive, their eyes and tongues 
were cut out, their limbs were pulled apart one at a time, 
they were used for human torches to light up Nero's race 
course, they were thrown to the wild beasts, etc. Yet they 
maintained their loyalty because of their marvelous spirit- 
ual experience. In their own strength they could not have 
endured what they did. The Holy Spirit in them in fulness 
was the secret of their holy lives they lived. He it was who 
generated in them that loyalty which was so manifested in 
their obedience and their faithful attendance upon the ser- 
vices of God's house, and in their testimony. Of them we 
read that they continued steadfastly in the apostle's doc- 
trine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in pray- 
ers. . . And they continued daily with one accord in the 
temple, . . and the Lord added to the church daily such as 
should be saved (Acts 2 :42 :47) . 

Now I realize that it is one thing to bring a charge, and 
quite another thing sometimes to prove the charge. What is 
the evidence, therefore, that this is the SUPREME need of 
the church? In answer we recall our Lord's words to his 
disciples: "Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the 
things which I say?" (Luke 6:46). Well what has he said 
that the church is not doing? He has said that the church 
should not neglect the assembling of themselves together 
(Heb. 10:25). Yet how many who have long since seem- 
ingly forgotten the way to God's house. And how many 
more feel at perfect liberty and ease to go joy riding, vis- 
iting, picnicking, stay at home to entertain someone else, 
go to the movies, lodge, dance, or what not, instead of to 
church when she has services. And how many of these will 
take offense if you are interested enough in their immortal 
souls to suggest, either privately or publicly, the evil of the 
thing ! I know that many excellent people do some of these 
things feeling that if they would not do so they may offend 
some of their friends. But, beloved, we should remember 
that "the fear of man bringeth a snare" (Prov. 29:25) and 
should' rather fear that we may offend God who has not only 
commanded that we should not neglect the assembling of 
ourselves together, but has most solemnly warned us against 
failures of this sort, saying, "How shall we escape IF WE 
NEGLECT so great salvation?" (Heb. 2:3). 



He also says that we should "Go, teach all nations" 
(Matt. 28:19). I am sure that we all rejoice because of the 
splendid progress we have made in our missionary work 
during the past few years. Almost no work or endeavor 
put forth by the church has met Avith greater response. And 
yet, in the light of the tremendous need of the fields we 
have entered, to say nothing of those fields not yet touched 
by a single missionary, and compared vdth what other de- 
nominations are doing, (who we sometimes are inclined to 
think of as being so greatly inferior to us) how pitiably 
small and insignificant and beggarly the effort we have 
made. Both in life and in possessions we should be, must 
be, far more generous if we would adequately obey our 
Lord's command here. Being a whole Gospel people, we 
ought to lead in missionary volunteers and dollars, per cap- 
ita. New Lebanon, Ohio. 

(To be continued). 



Brother Kiehl Makes Observation 

Brother Samuel Kiehl of Dayton, Ohio, one of the most 
aged ministers of our church, and yet one who is very alert 
in mind and active in body, wrote us some time ago concern- 
ing an especially impressive sermon preached by his pastor, 
Brother W. S. Bell, and made the following observation con- 
cerning one particular part of it : 

He gave a Scriptural definition of the Deity of Christ 
in these words — Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of 
God (John 3:16). 

From the pastor's remarks the writer drew the follow- 
ing conclusion: Unto us (believers in the Deity of Christ), 
there is but one God, the Father (1 Cor. 8:6), and one Lord 
Jesus Christ the Son of the Father (2 John 3), "the only 
begotten Son of God." A true statement of his Deity. Every 
person who heard this sermon, if asked, what is meant by 
the Deity of Christ? would answer, that he is the only be- 
gotten Son of God. A question that every believer should 
be able to answer. 

Hence any person reading, or hearing some one tell, 
about those who deny the Deity of Christ will understand 
that such persons do not believe that Jesus Christ is the only 
begotten Son of God. To such unbelievers Jesus says. He 
that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath 
not believed in the name of the only bea'otten Son of God 
(John 3:18). 

If ye believe not that I am he (the only begotten Son of 
God), ye shall die in your sins. (John 8:24). 

SAMUEL KIEHTj. 



Opposition to Bible Reading in Public Schools 

(Continued from page 3) 

indifference. Now we are being awakened by the outburst."? of crime 
and immorality to the fact that a nation cannot long endure half 
pagan and half Christian. And great, clear- visioned souls — some of 
whom, like Amos of old, are neither prophets nor sons of prophets - 
have arisen here and there to call the nation back to the source of 
its strength and greatness, and to emphasize the importance of giv- 
ing larger place to those things that are vital and abidmsj. Among 
those things that are needed, not to speak of active participation in 
Christian faith and religious endeavors, are reverence for iTod, for 
constituted authority and the rigtts of others, and the acceptance of 
high standards of morality, justice and honor on the part of ih.! rank 
and file of our citizflnry. And it is generally recognized that no- 
where is there a factor that wields such a quiet, effective and con- 
tinued influence in behalf of these ideals as the Book of books. 
Moreover it is everywhere known that the tii'.p of all times for 
planting such ideals in the minds of men is dur-ng plastic youth. It 
is not surprising then that there is a growing sentiment, not only 
to permit, but to require a wider reading of the Bible in the public 
schools. Rather, it is difficult to understand how any people, and 
much more Christian people, can oppose such practice and have an 
eye single to our country's abiding greatness. 



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TEXT: 



First Things First. By w. e. Ronk 

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these thing 

added unto you." — Matthew 6:33. 



sihaU be 



Scripture Lesson: Matthew 6:25-33. 

(Sermon preached at the late Oluo Conference at Gratis). 

"We are living, we are dwelling, 

In a grand and awful time, 
In an age on ages telling," 

and I am still willing to say, "To be living is sublime." 
There are some living today, who hesitate in saying those 
last words. For the last five or six years, we have been con- 
stantly reminded, that we are living in a changuag world. 
Nations have fallen and others have arisen to take their 
places; social customs and usages have imdergone some tre- 
mendous changes ; and in some places, in the face of all of 
this, Christianity has been practically paralyzed. Writers 
and speakers everywhere are urforming us that the Avorld 
is upside down, and we have beard this so many times that 
we have all come to believe it. Now since the world is up- 
side doMTi, we must find some method to right it, and every 
man with a pet theory is very busy trying to remedy the 
condition. Brethren, I dare to submit the solution. «I do so 
by simply submitting to you the proposition that the world 
is still right side up. In saying this I am not unmindful of 
the world's turmoil, politically, economically, socially and 
religiously. The world' at the core is the same as during 
the ages. The problems may be intensified, but human na- 
ture remains essentially the same, and "the gospel is still 
the power of God unto salvation to all who believe." 

"Crowns and thrones may perish, 

Kingdoms rise and wane, 
But the cross of Jesus 

Constant will remain. 
Gates of hell can never, 

'Gainst the church prevail, 
We have Christ's own promise, 

And that cannot fail." 

The '^^•orld is all right ; it is only men 's minds that are con- 
fused. When man follows the in.junction of the Scripture 
and puts the ' ' First things first ' ' the problem will be solved. 
The text of the evening says, "But seek yc first the King- 
dom of God and his righteousness and all of these things 
.shall be added unto you." 

There are two a.spects to this text, tlie material and the 
spiritual. Which holds sway in the minds and lives of most 
of the men of the day? Ask Russia. She answers, "There 
can be no settlement of the world's problems without us, 
for on these settlements depends our food and raiment." 
Ask Germany. She answers, "No matter how hard we work, 
when -\\-e paj^ indemnity we have nothing left for food and 
raiment." Ask France. She answers, "Some of our rich- 
est lands are desolate, Germany must pay that we may 
live." Ask England. '"'We must live with the world," she 
answers, "that we all may live." Armenia, what do you 
say? "Give us food and clothing, or we perish." Ask Amer- 
ica, and here you have a babble of voices. Capital cries out, 
"You are throttling industry. If you don't do this or that 
we cannot mine the coal, or we cannot move commerce, or 
we cannot run our factories and we will all perish for want 
of food, drinlv and raiment."- Labor cries out, "Give us 
more wages or we perish." Then the clerk, the merchant, 
the farmer, the school teacher and the pi'eacher cry out, 
"Give us food and raiment." The world is thinking of the 
material side of life to the exclusion of the spiritual. In 
parts of the world, especially in Russia, the problem has 
been so great as to be a menace to' our civilization. I am 



not making light of, nor underestimating the seriousness of 
the present crises. I Avould rather emphasize the seriousness 
of the hour, but of the world conditions you are already 
aware. I would only remind you that food, drink, and cloth- 
ing have been the chief quest of the ages. Kings have mar- 
shalled their armies, navies and all of their material re- 
sources have gone forth to do battle for economic reasons. 
The world has been and does even yet dream something 
like this, Give mankind an abundance of food, of diink and 
raiment and all will be well. This is a false conception, and 
our Lord Avould rebuke it as quickly today as when he spoke 
the words of this text. 

Our Lord was talking to men and Avomen such as are 
iu the Avorld today. There were those Avho Avere m search 
of the bare necessities of life, others who Avere seeking to 
lay up for the rainy day and' still others Avho Avere never 
satisfied, no matter hoAv much they had accumulated. Hoav 
Avell Jesus under-stood human nature ! He says, ' ' Seek FIRST 
the kingdom of God" that is, Put things of first importance 
first. You are putting food and clothing first. "Is not life 
more than food and body than raiment?" Are you think- 
ing of food? "Behold the birds, they sow not neither do 
they reap, nor gather into barns ; and your heavenly Father 
f eedeth them. ' ' Certainly it is in God 's providence to feed 
you. Are you anxious for raiment? King Solomon, Avas he 
not dressed fit for a king ? ' ' Behold the lilies of the field, 
tlvey toil not neither do they spin, and yet I say unto you 
that Solomon in all of his glory was not arrayed like one of 
these." Is it not in God's providence to clothe you? Seek 
my kingdom first and I Avill giA^e you food even as I do the 
birds and clothe you in beauty even as I clothe the lilies." 
"Oh you of little faith." Brethren, let us not be deceived! 
TheofS is a ri,ght ideal of life and a wrong ideal and the 
world, aye, and many church leaders, are following the 
Avrong ideal. AUoav food, drink and clothing first place in 
the life of any people or nation, and only death and decay 
AAnll stare them in the face. 

Let us consider why the Avrong way is impossible. 
This Avay is impossible because it fails to reckon Avith God. 
GOD WILL NOT BE IGNORED. Whence comes your food? 
You ansAver, "Someone carefully prepares the soil, ploAving 
and fertilizing, sowing and cultivating and in finally reap- 
ing and marketing the crops. ' ' Yes, but it is God who sends 
the sunshine and the rain and that, at just the right time." 
Whence the clothing? Again Ave first ansAver that it is from 
God. Whatever relationship or need of life you consider, 
in the final, it is God avIio provides. To him Ave giA^e the 
praise. You ansAA'er, "Why, certainly Ave believe all of 
that!" Yes, Ave all do— " INTELLECTUALLY " ; but from 
the depths of our hearts we must realize that God is the 
TRULY EXISTING ONE. It seems pathetic to us that the 
heathen should Avorship dead gods — gods of Avood, ivory, 
stone and gold; but many of us are but a little better, for 
some of us have ruled God out all together, he is only an 
influence, others haA^e set him on a pinnacle someAvhere. Yes, 
he created the Avorld, but has AvithdraAAT.1 and is noAv not in- 
terested in Avhat Ave do here. Probably we have ncA^er said 
this in our minds, but Ave have acted it in our lives. May 
Ave open our hearts to the truth, that God is not only God ; 
but he is "Our Father" and is interested in our eA^ery need 
and care. What matters the present unrest of the world? 
They are but the birth-pangs of a new day. "V\Tiat matters 
if in the future, calamities greater than ever knoAAm come to 
pass? To the Christian, remember GOD EVER LIVETH, 
and that he will care for his OAvn. 



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behold the 
Thou art the 



"Great God! how infinite art thou! 

What worthless worms are we ! 
Let the whole race of creation bow, 

And pay their praise to thee. 
Thy throne eternal ages stood, 

E 'er seas or stars were made ; 
Thou art the ever living God, 

Were all the nations dead." 
' ' Great God ! how infinite art thou ! ' ' 
seas with their myriads of living creatures! 
creator and preserver. I look out upon the earth, with its 
fields, its grass, its wooded hills and its living creatures, and 
of all of these, yonder stalwart oak in all the greatness or 
beauty of its being is sufficient to cause me to bow in ador- 
ation before God its creator. What might I say of the 
heavens? I am lost in contemplation, — in Avonder, in love 
and in praise. May holy courage fill our hearts ! This great 
God is our God. "Wlien we see the forces of evil opposed 
to the forces of I'ighteousness, may we say as David of old, 
"Seeing he defies the army of the living God," and go forth 
to battle in his name." If God be for us, who can be against 
us?" 

The wrong way is impossible because it fails to take 
man into account. History has proven that when man 
spends his time and energy in searching for material things 
to the neglect of the spiritual, he goes to his owai ruin. If 
the history of religion proves anything, it is that man every- 
where has found himself insufficient for life's burdens and' 
responsibilities, and heart has cried out after God. How very 
often in our day we are hearing men of prominence say, the 
solution of the labor problem, or social problem, or economic 
problem is religion. The sad part of this story is, that men 
are setting themselves up as doctors and saying the only way 
to preserve our wealth, our social standing and our civiliza- 
tion is to give man a dose of religion. Therefore Ave will 
resort to religious education to give society a balance wheel. 
There certainly must be a higher motive than this for our 
preaching and our missionary activities. Why not talk less 
of religious education and more of Christian Education ; and 
less of giving men a dose of religion, and more of preaching 
and teaching about vital Christianity? More, more, may we 
have more love for lost humanity, God's love and our Ioa'c. 
May this love amoimt to a passion for lost humanity. Some- 
one has said, "Does not the face of the miser cry out for 
generosity ; the face of pride and bombast for beauty and 
humility; the face of the glutton, the drunkard and anar- 
chist cry out for their opposites; the prayerless face for 
communion Avith God? Verily, the soul of man cries out, 
"First things first." 

(To be continued). 



[. "Special Praise At Christmas Time" 

By H. E. Eppley 

'.(From the Huntington, Indiana, Herald) 

At the First Brethren church, Sunday morning, Rev. H. 
E. Eppley preached an appropriate sermon, dealing Avith the 
theme, "Special Praises at Christmas Time." He said in 
part: 

"In the midst of the record of the events connected 
Avith the birth of the Savior of the Avorld, as recorded by 
Luke, arc these Avords: 'And the shepherds returned, glor- 
ifying and praising God for all the things that they had 
heard and seen, even as it Avas spoken unto them. ' The cen- 
tral thought of these Avords, as brought out by the actions 
of the shepherds, is the spirit Avhich possessed them. This 
Avas not the first time they had glorified God. They had 
done so many times. Praising God Avas no ncAv exercise for 
them. Their past lives had been filled AAdth praise. But this 
glorifying and praising God shoAved a greater earnestne'=s 
on account of AA^hat they had just heard and seen. They had 
been to the birthplace of the ncAv-bgrn King, the Messiah of 



prophesy. They had seen the new babe — the Son of God 
and Savior of man. To these humble men such a sight 
coupled Avith the things they had heard was worthy of espe- 
cial praise. 

"It is even so today. Men have reasons to praise God 
throughout the entire year, but Avhen the Christmas season 
daAvns upon them there is special reasons for the praise of 
God. And the reason is not different. The occasion is the 
birthday of the Son of God. But why rejoice in a special 
manner at his birth? 

' ' It was the supreme revelation of the great love of God 
for fallen humanity. There never Avas a time since man's 
creation Avhen God did not love him but the supreme revela- 
tion of his love was given in the birth of his Son, Jesus. 
God's love for man is seen as early as the creation period. 
Of all the things that were created, only of man is the rec- 
ord made: 'And God created man in his oAvn image, in the 
image of God created he him.' Bearing the image of God, 
man Avas the supreme object of his love. This love is fur- 
ther shoAAai by the act of God Avhich provided a dAvelling 
place for man in his unfallen state. The garden of Eden was 
a paradise for man in his unfallen state. The garden of 
Eden Avas a paradise for man to dAvell in and yet he fell. But 
this fall did not destroy the love of God toAvard man. He 
still loA^ed him. 

"After the fall this love Avas expressed in a different 
manner. While the supplying of air and Avater to all and 
the quickening of all the elements of nature for the benefit 
of man bespeak loA^e, in a special Avay, he noAv sIioavs this 
love to those AA'ho serve him. When the deluge SAvept the 
earth, Noah who Avas found righteous in the sight of God, 
Avas saved from the destructive Avaters by means of the ark ; 
AAdien Sodom Avas about to be destroyed by fire Lot Avas 
spared, being Avarned of God through an angel ; while Abra- 
ham Avas seeking to carry out the command of the Lord to 
offer his only son as a sacrifice his hand Avas stayed and his 
only son spared to him; because Daniel refused to be dis- 
obedient to the laAvs of his God, Avhen he Avas thrust into 
the den of lions God shut the mouths of the fierce beasts for 
the pi'otection of his servant; and A\dien the three HebrcAv 
children remained faithful to this same God and Avere cast 
into a fiery furnace heated to many times its regular tem- 
perature, he sent a protector to them and saA^ed them from 
the fiames. These are marvelous manifestations of his loA'^e ; 
but the climax of that loA^e Avas reached only Avhen he sent 
his Son into the Avorld, Avhose birthday Ave are now cele- 
brating. This is best expressed in the Avords: 'For God so 
loved the Avorld that he gave his only begotten Son.' Is it 
possible to celebrate this day Avhich marks in time the anni- 
versary of God's supreme act of love toAvard man Avithout 
glorifying and praising God in some special manner as the 
shepherds did? 

"Prophesy had foretold this A^ery day. Noav it had 
arrived. That AA'Iiich had been foretold is noAv a fact. 
Prophecy is fulfilled, for Jesus during his earth-ministry 
said: 'I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.' Hoav our 
hearts should gloAv Avith love and find expression in special 
glorifying and praising God upon this the anniversary of 
the Ijirthday of his Son, our Savior. The sentiment Avhich 
should permeate our being finds expression in these Avords: 

'When Mary sang to him, I Avonder if 

His baby hand stole softly to her lips. 

And smiling doAvn, she needs must stop her song 

To kiss and kiss again his finger-tips? 

'I Avonder if, his eyelids being shut, 
And Mary bending mutely OA^er him, 
She felt her eyes, as mothers do today. 
For A^ery depth of love groAV Avet and dim? 

'Then did a sudden presage come to her 
Of bitter looks and Avords and thorn-strcAvn street? 
And did she catch her breath and hide her face 
And shoAver smothered kisses on his feet ? ' " 



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The Prodigal Son 

By George S. Baer 

{Stxnday School Lesson for January 21) 

Devotional Keading. — Psalm 143:1-8. beside himself and decides to return to the 

Lesson Material. — Luke 15:11-24. Joys of tis Father's house, the Father meets 

Eeferenoe Material.-Ps. 32; Luke 7:36-50; ^°^ ^''^^'^ rejoicing and promptly forgives and 

Eom. 5:1-11; Gal. 6:1-5; 1 Tim. 1:15, 16. ^^*°'^^- "^"'^^ ^°^^^ quickly," etc. In 

these rapid-fire commands to his servants we 

Golden Text.-There is joy in the presence ^^^^ ^^^ -^t],er's eager desire to wipe out 

of the angels of God over one sinner that re- ^^.^^^ ^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^^^ ^^^^ ^.^ ^ ^^^^_ 

penteth.-Luke 15:10. ..^^^ j^^^^ ^^ ,^^^ ^^^^ ^^^^, ^^ .^ ^^ .^ ^^^ 

Daily Home Bitle Readings Greek, must be brought out for him; a signet 

M. The loving father and lost son, ""gi the pledge of authority, must be put 

Luke 15:11-24 upon his hand; shoes, the badge of freedom. 

T. The revelation of love, ... John 3:11-21 (Slaves went barefooted), must be found upon 

W. The response of love, .... 1 John 4:7-21 his feet." The prodigal was not to be a ser- 

T. The riches of love, Eph. 2:1-10 vant, as he proposed; the Father restored him 

F. The reaches of love, Eom. 8:31-39 to his sonship. 

S. The reproof of love, Bev. 3:14-22 ^jjg churdunember's Coldiiess 

S. Leaning on God's lovijigkindness, gy^ ^he average church member does not 

Psalm 143:1-8 take the benevolent and sympathetic attitude 
Thoughtjs on the Lesson 

In this chapter we see how Jesus' influence 

is radiating out to all classes of society, even Thc Brethren 
the fringes are touched. The outcasts, the 

" publicans and sinners, " are seeking him and M. A. StUCkey 
he does not rebuke them, but welcomes them. Nearly one year ago arrajigements were 
The Pharisees remonstrate and criticize him ^^^^^ ^^^ ^^^ writer and the National Sun- 
bitterly, saying, "This man receiveth sinners ^^^ gg^Q^j -g^^j.^ ^f ^^^ denomination to do 
and eateth with them." Jesus replies in a ^ ^,5^ ^f ^^^^ foj, ^j^g schools of the brother- 
most tactful and tender manner, declaring ^^^^ ^f^g^ having considered the work for 
openly (before Pharisees and sinners alike) ^ pgj.-^^ ^f ^^^^^^ consent was given to the 
his Father's anxiety for the sinners, and at offjgers of the board to the effect that an of- 
the same time leaving the door open for the f^^^ ^^^j^ y^^ ^^^^ ^^ ^^ ^^^^ t^ assume the 
Pharisees, "the elder brothers" in the case, ^.g^^her arduous duties of the Field Secretary 
to enter also. of the Sunday schools. And now, after hav- 
The Sinner is Lost -^^^ experienced a few months of active ser- 

Jesus recognized the sinfulness of the peo- vice in the Illiokota, Mid-West and Indiana 

pie about whom the Pharisees had com- Districts, a commendable report may be 

plained. Many of the Jews had become infat- made. 

uated with the idolatry and other wickedness q^^^ ^^ ^j^^ ^^^^^ features of enjoyment in 
of the foreigners dwelling about them, and ^■^^ ^,^^^ ^^.^^ ^he privilege of sitting in and 
had become open violators of the law of God. taking a small part in the Illiokota Confer- 
Jesus did not condone their sin. Neither does ^^^^,_ j^^^ knowing the nature of the conf er- 
he today. The sinner is pictured as one dead ^^^^^ j^^j^ heretofore, one could not refrain 
to the Father, and he is doomed to abject mis- j^.^^^ joining in with tho delegates in their 
ery and degradation so long as he is away hearty acclaim, "This was the finest spirited 
from the Father's house. And there is no conference held in our district for a long 
hope except by way of repentance. while." Ample room was made on the pro- 
God's Fatherly Attitude gram for the work of the Sunday school — a 

But in contrast with that of the Pharisees, ^'^0* vihia'h. tends to ex-plain the hig'h status 

Jesus shows that the attitude of the Father "^ the schools of that district, 

toward the sinner is one of earnest solicitude Immediately following the conference a tour 

and affection. While the prodigal was in the was made of the schools of Iowa, Nebraska, 

far-country the father was all the while yearn- Kansas, and Illinois. Not knowing the condi- 

ing for his return and looking for him. God tion of the schools of this ten'itory, the Sec- 

is never satisfied so long as one of his chil- retary was heartened to find that a large 

dren is lost, and his Spirit is ever following effort was being made, in manj- instances, to 

him and seeking to turn his heart homeward. promote efficiency in the local work. Espe- 

This was the fact that Jesus wanted to bring cially was this noticeable in the larger 

home to the minds of his hearers. Hunger schools. In some places, requests were made 

once said, "If the main characteristics of to the effect, "What can our teachers read 

Christ were reduced to one phrase, it would in an advanced line of study?" "We have 

be, — s, passion for saving the lost." completed our teacher training work and de- 

As soon as the sinner turns his thoughts sire to specialize more fully in our various 

Godward, realizes how thoroughly he has been departments. ' ' Numerous others of a similar 



toward sinful men' as the Heavenly Father 
does, but is cold and unreceptive. How many 
a blighted life, smitten with conviction, has 
been prevented from returning to the Father 
and to his church because some church mem- 
bers have told them by word or act that they 
were unworthy of the fellowship of really 
good and respectable people. The lack of 
that solicitous and forgiving spirit toward the 
fallen, such as Jesus manifested, has hin- 
dered many a church from being a really 
effective soul-saving station. It was with such 
a lack of real Godliness that Jesus dealt with 
this parable. "In the episode of the elder son 
the murmuring of the Pharisee is rebuked, 
and that in the gentlest manner. They are 
reminded that they are sons, and that to them 
of right belongs the first place. God and his 
gifts have always been accessible to them 
(ver. 31), and if they reject them, it is their 
own fault. But selfishness and exclusiveness 
are sinful, and may be as fatal as extrava- 
gance and licentiousness" (Plummer). 



Sunday Schools 

, Field Secretary 

nature might be given, but the one just men- 
tioned only illustrates the wide-awakeness of 
some of our good officers and teachers. 

Now while the larger schools seem to be 
making splendid progress, it must be said in 
all fairness that some of our smaller schools 
have nearly reached the Standard of Excel- 
lence of our Association. Presumably, about 
fifty percent of the schools of the districts 
under consideration can claim that distinc- 
tion. The other half, that have not climbed 
so high, suffer unusual handicap in one way 
or another. It may be inadequate building 
facilities, poor equipment, church dissension, 
lack of teachers, or the liie. In both cases, 
it is only a matter of a period of time, and 
then a larger effort can be made for better 
things. McAfee has it right, "The rate of 
progress is the gait at which the slowest 
moves. ' ' This sentiment comes close home to 
the Brethren Sunday schools. 

Another feature of interest, especially to 
myself, is the fine spirit of hospitality af- 
forded by the Brethren ministers and work- 
ers in general. It has been so oft repeated, 
"Brethren are Brethren everywhere." The 
writer can bear ample testimony to that rather 
simple, yet striking fact. To share a part of 
the life experience of the workers who have 
labored in the church and Sunday school for 
a period of twenty to thirty years and longer 
is worth while. The importance of the work 
of the Sunday school, as well as that of the 
church, looms large when one considers the 
personal endeavors of the laborers in former 
days. At all events, the visit in the homes is 
helpful and stimulating. It is a source of en- 
couragement which is greatly appreciated. 

While these observations may be very gen- 
eral in character, and while ao special prob- 



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lems confronting our schools have been con- 
sidered, I beg to present some of them to our 
group of interested workers, when making 
other reports concerning the status of the 
schools in the Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, 
Maryland and Virginia Districts. 
LouisviUe, Ohio. 



White Gift Offerings 

SECOND KEPOET 

Following are the contributions received 
January 1-6 inclusive: 
Mary A. Snyder, MoundsviUe, W. Va., $ 5.00 

Warsaw, Indiana, 27.50 

Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, 30.00 

Annie M. Gilbert, Farmersville, O., . . 1.00 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio, 28.40 

Oakville, Indiana, 24.11 

Bryan, Ohio, 50.00 



Martinsburg, Penna., 16.00 

Beaver City, Nebraska, 106.00 

Second Church, Johnstown, Penna., . . 10.00 

Gretna S. S., Belief ontaine, O., 22.49 

Morrill, Kansas, 110.06 

Fairhaven church. West Salem, Ohio, 10.00 

West Alexandria, Ohio, 9.34 

Peru, Indiaaa, 38.70 

Yellow Creek S. S., Hopewell, Pa., . . 8.00 

Center Chapel church, Wabash, Ind., 8.00 

Bethel S. S. & church, Berne, Ind., . . 50.00 

Mrs. E. J. Swihart, Howe, Ind., .... 3.50 

Darwin S. L., ^ lora, Ind., 1.60 

Middle Branch, Ohio, 15.40 

Ardmore church. South Bend, Ind., . . 10.00 

Melvin A. Stuckey, LouisviUe, O., . . 10.00 

Canton, Ohio, 82.03 

Calvary S. S., Pittstown, N. J., 6.00 

Gratis, Ohio, 34.38 

(Primary Department, $10.00). 

Fairview Ch., Washington C. H., O., 10.00 

S. S., Vinco, Pennsylvania, 5.75 

Buena Vista, Virginia, 3.00 

Eoann, Indiana, 41.50 



S. S., Sergeantsville, N. J., 11.50 

Dayton, Ohio, 50.00 

North Liberty, Indiana, 12.81 

White Dale church. Terra Alta, W. Va., 22.32 

Total, $874.39 

Previously reported, 507.05 

Grand total to date, $1381.44 

Comparisons with the receipts of last year 
continue as favorable as in the first report. 
Thus far 54 remittances have reached the 
treasurer. Of this number 22 are from new 
sources as compared with the records of last 
year, aggregating the sum of $216.40. Twenty 
contributors of the previous year increased 
their offerings $295.37. 

The outstanding feature of our third report 
remains in the hands of those authorized to 
forward the designated White Gift funds. 

lEA D. SLOTTEE, Treaaurer. 

44 West Third St., Ashland, Ohio. 



J. A. Garber 

PRESIDENT 



Our Young People at Work 



Melvin Stuckey 

SECRETARY 



Cliristian Endeavor Week 



January 28 to 

The forty-second anniversary of the foiind- 
ing of Christian Endeavor is to be celebrated 
with a week of directed emphasis and con- 
certed effort. The established claims of the 
Society and of the several denominations sup- 
porting it upon young people are to receive 
definite consideration. 

Denominational Day- 
Sunday, January 28th, has been designated 
Denominational Day. Some of the denomin- 
ations are providing special programs. Be- 
cause of the apparent timeliness of the regu- 
lar topic our societies will do well to use it, 
supplemented with certain suggestions and 
material that will appear on this page. By 
reason of this Bicentenary Year with us our 
pastors will do their young people a lasting 
service by indicating at the morning or eve- 
ning service the ' ' Claims of the Brethren 
Church on Her Young People." 

J. A. GAEBER. 

Suggestive Program for ttie Week 

1. Denominational Day 

This should be observed on Sunday, Jan- 
uary 2Sth. Many of the denominations will 
provide special programs for this Sunday. We 
suggest the use of the regular topic: "What 
are the rightful claims of our church upon 
us?" — supplemented with suggestions in thesa 
columns. 

2. Eadio Day 

Monday, January 29th. The co-operation of 
aU amateur and professional broadcasting sta- 
tions is asked in broadcasting a five-minute 
message on Christian Endeavor. Thousands 
of Christian Endeavorers own receiving out- 
fits and it is hoped, through proper publicity, 
to reach our entire three million members in 
the United States with the wireless message. 

Unions can help by securing the co-opera- 
tion of stations in their territory. A copy of 



February 4, 1923 

a special radio message by Dr. Clark will be 
sent to any one desiring it for radio purposes. 
The exact date for a mass meeting of all 
n.^tiau Endeavor societies in the union may 
be determined by local conditions. Tuesday, 
January 30, is suggested, but any other date 
in this week or the following week may be 
used. 
Program: a A mass meeting with a speaker, 

b. A Christian Endeavor institute 
or convention with practical 
conferences and classes on 
Christian Endeavor methods. 

c. A Christian Endeavor Pageant. 
Suggestions for planning and promoting 

such a union program will be sent free to any 
union officer requesting them. 

PROMOTION: Make this union meeting a 
BIG affair. Advertise and work for the lar- 
gest possible crowd. 

SHIELDS OP HONOR will be awarded to 
the unions, in the following classes reporting 
the largest attendance, actually counted, at a 
Christian Endeavor union meeting between 
January 28 and February 11, 1923. 

One shield to unions with ten senior so- 
cieties or less. 

One shield to unions with more than ten 
and less than twenty-five senior societies. 

One shield to unions with more than twenty- 
four and less than seventy-five senior socie- 
ties. 

One shield to unions with more than seven- 
ty-four senior societies. 

4 Play Day 

Friday, February 2d, is suggested but any 
other day in the week may be used. 

There should be a social for the Juniors in 
the afternoon. A banquet or evening party 
should be planned for the Intermediates. Tie 
seniors should have a big social time. The 



alumni may wish to join with the seniors for 
the evening, or to have a fellowship reunion 
of their own. 

Helpful social material will be found as fol- 
lows: 

Good Times with the Juniors — Pages 57, 
69, 72, 78. 

Successful Socials — Pages, 31, 69, 75, 91. 

5. Christian Endeavor Day and Decision Day 
Sunday, February 4th. The pastor of the 

church will be glad to preach a special Chris- 
tian Endeavor Sermon. 

A special Decision Day program by E. P. 
Anderson has been published by the United 
Society of Christian Endeavor. 

6. Chiistian Endeavor Extension. 

The entire week should be devoted to 
unions and societies to efforts for the exten- 
sion of Christian Endeavor. New societies 
should be organized wherever possible. Alum- 
ni councils should be formed. Every society 
should make an organized canvass of its 
church, Sunday school and community for new 
members. If this extension campaign is to 
be effective, work should be started many 
weeks in advance. By proper planning and 
working, the campaign can be made to cul- 
mniate in a gratifying increase during Chris- 
tiau Endeavor Week. 

NOTE: Address requests for organizing lit- 
erature or suggestions for union meatings 
and other correspondence about Christian En- 
deavor Week to Edward P. Gates, General Sec- 
retary, 41 Mt. Vernon St., Boston, Mass. 



Christians should be charitable and patient 
with each other, remembering that they are 
like students — some a few pages further on 
than others. 

In the Christian life the movement is from 
the less to the greater — symbols but faintly 
express those things toward which we are 
moving. 

No matter what a man knows, if it will 
not bear the stress of practical life. Test 
your religion in the stress of daily life. — 
Parker. 



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JANUARY 10, 1923 



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On board S. >S. Thysville, nearing Grand 

Bassam. November 19, 1922. 

Dear Evangelist Headers: 

I wrote to you on the first of November, 
just on the eve of my departure from Nogent- 
sur Marne. The last of the packing .details 
were not completed until late that evening, 
almost eleven o'cloels in fact. Very early the 
next morning Monsieur 'Charli, one of the In- 
stitute students accompanied Mr. Pierson who 
was also hoping to get the boat at La Pallice, 
and myself to the Gare de Bastille, in Paris, 
where we changed by taxi to Gure Montpar- 
nasse. The train left Paris at 9:15 and ar- 
rived at La Rochelle about 5:. 30. Mr. Pier- 
son and I went in search of a hotel. We at 
last found one where we could get suitable 
rooms at reasonable rates, and having had 
lunch and supper on the train, through the 
kindness of our Institute friends, we had 
nothing to do but rest. The train left the 
next morning at 6 for La Pallice. We went 
to it during a heavy downpour, and after some 
difficulty finally completed our arrangements, 
and arrived shortly after at La Pallice. Here 
I found one piece of baggage missing. Em- 
ploying a man to search for it he found it 
had been put off at the wrong place and res- 
cued it for me (for the appropriate fee). 

Then followed getting our baggage throug'h 
customs, visiting the agent, getting breakfast, 
getting our clothing .dried, and then a long 
wait in the crowded waiting room for the 
Thysville had encountered a heavy sea after 
leaving Antwerp, and was late. At 2 P. M., 
however, we embarked on the little launch 
which carried us to the larger boat. Mr. Ben- 
nett was on deck waving to us, also Miss 
Bonar and Mr. Metzler who with Mr. Pier- 
son are going out under the Mid-Africa Mis- 
sion. We had booked our passage so late, only 
the day before the boat sailed that I was sur- 
prised to fln.d that the Lord had reserved a 
deck c.a.bin for me. Mr. Bennett has the 
cabin next to mine and because of never hav- 
ing to have our portholes shut, I 'have suffered 
very little from seasickness and Mr. Bennett 
not at all. The boat does roll, however! If 
the editor wonders why my paper has such 
a rosy hue, it is because, the boat took ad- 
vantage of the very moment when my liquid 
dentrifice was uncorked to spill it upon my 
writing paper. We are somewhat ambition- 
less, yet life for us has a rosy hue derived 
oven from its accidents, for we remember in 
these days of trial "in everything to give 
thanks." 

Days of trial, I say! Yes, for Sunday, No- 
vember 4th off the coast of Spain we encoun- 
tered another boat in collision. This boat, 
although smaller than ours, was going at great- 
er speed, and advanced at right angles 
against the side of the Thysville. God mar- 
velously overruled, and the ea.ptains were able 
so to manipulate their boats that at the mo- 
ment of collision, the other boat .struck us 
with her side, instead of her beak, which 
would have been far jiiore disastrous. I mar- 
vel at the perfect calm in which God keeps 
his children at such moments fraught with 
intense possibilities of peril. We know you 
will join with us in praising God that we 
were marvelously delivered. After a short 
.stop for repairs, both boats were again upon 
their way. Some of you who were at that 
moment praying for us will be glad to know 
how God answered. 

Seasickness has been another trial to most 
of our fellow missionaries although Mr. Ben- 
nett and I having deck cabins have escaped. 



En Route to the Field 

But the most severe test of all has been the 
almost unprecedented heat since we entered 
the tropics. Today we cross the equator. I 
have crossed it eight times before, four times 
by land, four times by sea, but never with 
such intense suffering. And I am not the only 
one who has suffered. Indeed I have suffered 
less than the others in some ways. Both Mr. 
Bennett and Mr. Pierson came down wit^ 
fever at Dakar. Both, though up and around 
are still miserable. Mr. Bennett has had ma- 
laria at a previous time, but Mr. Pierson 's 
fever can be attributed only to sun .and etx- 
cessive heat. 

And so we journey on, — collision, sea-sick- 
ness, fever, heat, — none of these things move 
us. Never have I realized so vividly that I 
am advancing into the very jaws of death. 
Daily we meet in prayer — that God may bo 
glorified, whether by our lives or ' by our 
death. D.a,ily we study together the Sango 
language, the key language to the great ter- 
ritory which these young missionaries are en- 
tering. Daily we read, write or converse in 
French. Mr. Bennett sent Mr. Gribble a wire- 
less after we left La Pallice — 2 missionaries, 
21 loads. The other parties sent theirs at 
Dakar thinking it would be cheaper, but it 
cost them three times as much. Such is 
Africa! 

We have made one visit only to terra firma 
during the voyage — at Teneriffe. Here we 
purchased some fruit, the last we are to sec 
of pears and grapes and apples! The sea was 
very rough, unlike the day when Marguerite 
and I landed thirteen months ago. The 
launches in which we came and went danced 
like bubbles on the water, and coming home 
we were soaked by the waves. It was a per- 
ilous step from the dancing launch to the 
shaking stairway, .and a perilous ascent. We 
were glad to be once more safe on the Thys- 
viUe. I for one would not have gone even to 
escape the heat and discomforts of coaling had 
I known the trip would be so dangerous, for 
it is useless to risk one 's life save for the 
world's evangelization. 

We are looking forward — to his will! Shall 
we be preserved in life until we reach Ban- 
gui and Bassay? We know not. We ask your 
prayers that we may glorify him. 

Yours in Christian Fellowship, 

FLORENCE N. GEIBBLE. 



Brazzaville, November 28, 1922. 
Dear Ev'angelist Readers: 

Tomorrow morning at 7 A. M, we leave 
Brazzaville on the little steamship Banga 
for Bangui. There are no cabins and five pas- 
sengers. Besides Mr. Bennett and mj^self 
there are three other missionaries, all of the 
Mid-Africa Mission, (Miss Bonar, Mr. Metz- 
ler and Mr. Pierson). Mr. Gribble and Miss 
iMyers will meet Mr. Bennett and myself. Mr. 
Haas is expected to meet the others. 

What a meeting it will be when the little 
Banga arrives at Bangui. Perhaps 3'ou are 
wondering why we are traveling on this small 
boat? Because the crovernor-General and his 
retinue are sailing on the Largeaus, the boat 
on which Mr. .lobson .and Miss Hillegas (now 
ilr. and Mrs. .Tobson) went up. There will 
be no room for us either on that or on the 
smaller boat which will accompany it. The 
Banga is the low water boat and will remain 
eight months at Bangui. Miss Myers will 
doubtless have the privilege of returning on 
the Largeau, as we are starting a week ear- 
lier than the Largeau, we hope to have a few 
days with her before we see her safely on 



the boat at Bangui and commence our over- 
land journey to Baasay via Bozoum where 
Mr. .and Mrs. Jobson will be awaiting us. Oh 
what joy to return! 

I wrote you last at Grand Bassam. You 
children who read this should have seen them 
landing passengers in baskets into little row- 
boats. It is rather dangerous. One passenger 
jumped, fearing the basket was going into the 
water. He had to jump back into the basket 
again! Mr. Bennett had fever again at Grand 
Bassam, and missed all the excitement. 

That evening and the following days we 
had the celebration in honor of the Equator. 
All crossing for the first time were hazed. 
Mr. Bennett escaped the rough, almost cruel 
treatment, not because he was ill, for they 
excused no one, but because we booked so late 
that his name wasn't on the passenger list! 
Romans 8:28. 

Miss Bonar had her face painted red and 
Mr. Pierson and Mr. Metzler were grotesquely 
shaved and doused with cold water from a. 
huge hose. The festivities lasted for two or 
three days, then all was quiet until we reatfhed 
Bamana where the tiny steamer, the Colonel 
Thysville came out with its hundreds of na- 
tives packed on its deck to board the Thys- 
ville for the purpose of unloading cargo at 
Boma. The day before had been Sunday. The 
l.ttlc party gathered twice for worship. Mr. 
Metzler preaching in the morning and Mr. 
Bennett in the afternoon. At 11 A. M., Mon- 
day we were delighted to pull into Boma, 
where we were welcomed by Mr. Corung and 
Mr. Ericsson, Matadi missionaries who hap- 
jjened to be going to Portuguese territory via 
Matadi. How happy we were to see them! 
The hour that we spent together in the music 
room passed all too rapidly. Mr. Corling had 
just had a letter from Mr. Gribble, and his 
news was three months later than any I hud 
received. For the first time I learned that 
Miss Myers w.as coming down river in Decem- 
ber. My heart leaped for joy for I knew I 
would see her dear face at Bangui! Mr. and 
Mrs. Crist and Mr. Nicholson of the Chris- 
tian Alliance Mission next welcomed us and 
invited us to tea! How happily we spent the 
afternoon, released from the boat after our 
long voyage! The ne.xt morning we went to 
market, to the pharmacy and the Bank. At 2 
P. M. we left for Matadi where we arrived 
at 6. What joy to see the dear missionaries 
standing on the wharf to welcome us, as if it 
were but yesterday that Marguerite and I had 
waved them farewell. Then with dear Mr. 
Clark to the Baptist Mission, supper, bed and 
mail! Mr. Gribble coming to Ba.ngui himself! 
Mr. Jobson and Miss Hillegas to be married! 
What excitement, when we didn't even know 
they were engaged! I slept in the same room 
where Marguerite and I spent our six and one- 
half weeks! I lived over again those terrible 
nights when the paroxysms of whooping cough 
threatened her little life. Again I felt her 
little hand clinging in mine, as exhausted she 
would sink back into bed, with ' ' Thank you 
so much, dear mama," upon her feeble lips! 
"What mingled joy and sorrow fills the mis- 
sionary's cup of experience. 

The next day — custom formalities, passage 
hooked, all arrangements were successfully 
completed. At 7 A. M., November 23rd, we 
were off for Thysville where, relayed by an 
accident, to the downtrain we arrived at 9 P. 
M. Too tired to eat I crawled into bed. 
"Wlien Miss Bonar came up from dinner I 
roused and said, "Where are we?" "At 
Thysville," she said. "What, still on the 
ocean?" I demanded, for my tired brain 



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grasped only the name. 3 P. M. Friday — Kin- 
shasa — welcome from Swedish missionaries 
— crossed Stanley Pool. Got most of our stuff 
through customs that P. M., and were ready 
to tackle 23 boxes lying in Brazzaville for 
eleven months. We have had a Sunday here 



and three busy days besides. Passports O. 
K., customs paid, formalities fijiished, we 
leave tomorrow. Dined with the Chief Doc- 
tors of A. E. F. last night. Surely God is 
good and all is well. Mr. Bennett and I both 
send greetings. F. N. GEIBBLE. 



A CtEAN WORLD 

I have a burning desire to help in the mak- 
ing of the world clean — if it be only by 
sweeping one room in it. I want to lead some 
poor sheep home — to the bosom of God, where 
alone man is true man. — George McDonald. 



NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



KRYPTON, KENTUCKY 

The work at Krypton is still active. The 
Christmas entertainment was fine, the teach- 
ers got up a line prograju, with each of the 
classes 'having some interesting part to per- 
tomi. The house was packed to the limit. 
The olt'cring was $8.25, for which 1 sent my 
check to our secretary. This field offers a 
great opportunity for the Brethren if we can 
get a good table worker. Can he be hadf We 
need some one who can both preach and teach 
and with that kind of work it will be a go. 
Let 's pray that the Lord may help some of 
our ministers to feel this call. We have the 
building, the parsonage and the people, who 
are anxious for the church to go. Why can't 
we get some one to take up this worthy 
cause? Your brother in Christ, 

THOS. ALLEX. 



REVIVAL HELD AT LOUISVILLE, OHIO, 

BY THE EVANGELISTIC AND BIBLE 

STUDY LEAGUE 

We begun this meeting with the realization 
that it would run us right into the Christmas 
turmoil and so we did our best to get the 
first grip on the attention of the people. We 
found that the old Gospel could hold the 
hearts of the people more than all the Christ- 
mas celebration. With all the other shows 
and entertainments going on we never felt the 
effects of them but swept right on with a full 
house. The people of Louisville are surely 
interested in the Gospel and showed it by 
their appreciation in attendance, and in the 
offering they gave and in the way they ac- 
cepted it. I am sure that if the new pastor 
will preach it without flinching, that he will 
enjoy a vei-y fruitful ministry. 

Brother Riddle, who has been their pastor 
for several years, had to leave for Bryan, his 
netxt work, just before the meeting began, so 
as to get moved before bad weather set in. 
I don't think it was any too soon, for it 
struck us at the rate of around zero for 
some time. This left us of course without a 
pastor on the job and made it a little slow to 
get acquainted, but the Lord soon had things 
moving in a mighty way. Very little results 
came till the last few days of the meeting, 
but after the local situation cleared up we 
had a fine time with the Lord. 

I think there is a fine future ahead for the 
Louisville church for the town is growing 
very fast. There is a fine class of people 
within, the church and a fine class now look- 
ing toward it and already supporting it. We 
never had a better welcome and heartier hos- 
pitality shown us anywhere. They made me 
feel just like staying a while. The happy 
home I had with Brother and Sister Munk 
will never be forgotten. Everything thai 
could be done, was done, to make my stay 
pleasant. I never felt the pangs of loneliness 
from separation from my family so keenly as 
at this time, but they fairly made me forget 
my feelings by the kindnesses and blessings 
that they s'howered upon me. On Christmas 
day we had a veritable feast on the Manna 
from Heaven at a morning prayer, praise and 
testimony service, when we baptized some 
who had not been baptized during the meet- 
ing, and at which one golden-hearted and ca- 
pable young man dedicated his whole life to 



God on the altar. To God be all the glo^3^ 
We shall never forget Louisville! 

I am now in a meeting at Fairview church 
which is eight miles out of Washington C. H., 
Ohio. The work has sort of run down and 
Brother Freeman Ankrum has oeen doing some 
fine work during the past year in trying to 
build it up again. Just what the result will 
be here none can tell. We will begin our next 
meeting in Goshen, Indiana, January 14th. 
E. PAUL MILLER. 



NEWS OF THE COLLEGE 
New Quarterly 

The Students Activity number of the Col- 
lege Quarterlj' is off the press and is being 
mailed to the various pastors. Please put 
copies into the hands of your young people so 
that we may get as wide a distribution as pos- 
sible. 

Wien Is a CoUege Dormitory Full? 

A college dormitory is full n-hen there are 
two in every room, w'hen the store rooms are 
used by students, when the trunks are put 
into an attic without a floor, and when the 
Dean of Women gives up her bed room to 
students and uses her office as a room. This 
is the condition now at Ashland in the Girl's 
Hall. It looks now as if we would have to 
move a par-*iion on the third floor and give 
that floor to the girls and let more of the men 
room out. This emphasizes the need of a 
Girls' .lie for Ashland. 

New Students 

If all the students enter at the end of the 
semester that have expressed such intentions, 
we will pass the 200 mark soon. I have let- 
ters now from ten who are planning on en- 
tering the last of January. 

Summer School 

Plans are going forward for the usual sum- 
nier normal and already applications are in 
for that work. It is hoped the new building 
will be ready for use then. 

EDWIN E. JACOBS. 



LINWOOD, MARYLAND 

As we enter the New Year, the writer en- 
ters upon his third year's work in his own 
home church. Wiile the peculiar position is 
looked upon by many as a serious handicap, 
and I admit that it ,does make the work very 
hard at times, it also has its advantages- of 
knowing the people for years as the strange 
pastor will not. Therefore, in choosing be- 
tween the handicaps and advantages, I have 
chosen the latter and sought to make the best 
of it. 

Looking back over the past year's work 
and comparing it with that of the preced- 
ing year, I feel that we have more than sim- 
ply marked time. While we have had no 
great ingatherings such as some report we 
have tried to sow Gospel seed and jilay the 
part of the Good Samaritan along life's high- 
way. 

'The Sunday school has been doing a very 
commendable piece of work. About 10 gold 
stars were awarded for perfect attendance 
this year. 

The W. M. S. and Sewing Circle have kept 



steadily at their work and have a splendid ac- 
count to give of their work. 

Owing to the rural conditions of our com- 
munity and the fact that the most of our 
young folks are away in school we have no 
Christian Endeavor, but at the close of last 
year ( '21) Miss Snyder was with us and 
helped to organize a Society of M. M., which, 
though yet in its infancy, and meeting with 
some difficulties, promises more fruit in the 
future. 

Our most recent happenings are as follows: 

Revival meeting, conducted by Rev. A. B. 
Cover, District Evangelist and Field Secre- 
tary. A report of this meeting has already 
appeared in these columns, therefore, I will 
pass it by saying that while the report came 
from the evangelist, it has the sanction of 
and expresses the views of the pastor in 
charge. As I read some of the evangelistic 
meeting reports, I am made to wonder: Which 
is given the more piiaise and publicity, the 
evangelist or the Lord! . 

The common consensus of opinoin of those 
that heard Brother Cover throughout the cam- 
paign was that ' ' his messages did us good. ' ' 
They could not convict the unsaved, for they 
were not present. During the day we did a 
great deal of visiting and soliciting. Person- 
ally, it was a real pleasure and profit to have 
him with me in the work and also in the 
home. His work was of a constructive and 
permanent character rather than sentimental 
and temporary. 

Following the meeting we had Miss Cora. 
Beech, a Near East Relief worker and rep- 
resentative, with us. She presented her mes- 
sage and plan in a touching way to a small 
representation of our congregation, but with 
the result that the "faithful few" responded 
with an offering of $105.01. 

Last, the Christmas Cantata given by the 
Sunday school was very nicely rendered to an 
appreciative audience and received many fav- 
orable comments. 

Looking into the New Year, we enter it 
hopeful, and anticipate progress, and wish all 
readers of The Evangelist a Happy and Pros- 
perous New Year in the Master's vineyard. 

C. R. KOONTZ. 



MANTECA BRETHREN CHURCH OB- 
SERVES CHRISTMAS WITH A SPLEN- 
DID PROGRAM SUNDAY MORN- 
ING, AND A CANTATA IN 
THE EVENING 

The Manteca Brethren Sunday school had 
its Christmas program Sunday morning, De- 
cember 24. The children took their parts es- 
pecially well, and deserve lots of praise. One 
part of special interest was the exercised an.d 
song given by the Infant class. The program 
was prepared by the teachers of the different 
classes, and was as follows: 

Song — "Oh, How I Love Jesus," by every- 
body. 

Recitation — by Hazel Reynolds. 

Exercise and Song, "Christmas Bells" — by 
the Junior Class. 

Dialogue — by four boys from Infant class. 

Exercise and song — ' ' Long, long ago, ' ' — by 
the Primary Class. 

Recitation — "The Manger Baby," — by 
Ruby Larson. 



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JANUARY 10, 1923 



Exercise and Song — ' ' The Ligkts of Christ- 
mas, ' ' — by the Junior 'Class. 

Becitation and iriong — ' ' Christmas Colors ' ' 
—by Nadine, Estelle and Hazel Eeynolds. 

Becitation—' ' Why Do Bells Bing, Why Do 
we Smg on Christmas?" — May Bernard. 

Exercise and Song — ' ' Heralds of the 
Dawn" — by the Junior Class. 

Motion Exercise — ' ' The Holly, ' ' — by Enid 
Piatt and Irene Mayberry. 

Exercise of Becitations and Songs — ' ' Christ- 
mas Emblems" — by the Young Men's and 
>;oung Ladies' Classes. 

Beciiation — ' ' Christmas Comes Again ' ' — 
by Estelle Beynolds. 

Nuts and candy were distributed to young 
and old. The church was beautifully dec- 
orated by the Young Ladies' Glass, while the 
Christmas tree was erected and trimmed by 
the Young Men 's Class. It looked very pretty 
standing amongst a number of evergreen 
trees wnich spread their ' ' piney ' ' fragrance 
throughout the entire building. 

In the evening a Cantata, entitled "Proph- 
ecy and Eullilhnent " was given by the mem- 
bers of the church, under the able leadership 
of the pastor, J. W. Piatt. In spite of the 
storm, the church was well filled, and the 
singing was greatly enjoyed by all present. 
Every word of the beautiful and impressive 
story was clearly understood by the audience. 
The solo by Mrs. Gus Schmiedt was beautiful- 
ly rendered, and little Miss Enid Piatt's solo 
was also a pleasing part of the Cantata. 

A few words from the pastor, and the sing- 



ing of a song by every one, brought the en- 
joyable evening to a close. 

MBS. SUSIE G. BEYNEE. 
Secretary Manteca Brethren Church. 



REPORT PROM SUNNYSIDE, WASH- 
INGTON 

On New Y'ear's day we had our all-day 
business meeting, at which time we elected 
officers for the different departments of the 
church. During the past year we have lost by 
death three of our elder members who have 
stood as pillars and we miss them very much. 
Others are stepping in and tilling the ranks 
and the ehurcn moves on. A few are being 
baptized now and then and the work moves 
steadily on. A number of our young men and 
women are away preparing themselves for life 
work for their Master. We old people feel 
real proud of our young people, how tney are 
taking the religion of their Savior seriously 
and getting into the work. Our pastor, Brother 
Coleman, is giving us strong medicine but we 
are taking it ' ' according to directions. ' ' Less 
of politics, and questions of the day with 
more of 'Christ, liis atonement, life and his 
coming again are the main things held up be- 
fore us. We are proud of our Christian En- 
deavor and think it one of the best in the 
county. Our Sunday school runs about two 
hundred fifty. 

Looking for his coming again, 

D. W. EAELY. 



Our Variety Department 



MARY MORRILL AND THE CHINESE 
CHRISTIAN GENERAL 

Mary Morrill was an American missionary 
who m liiUU was beheaded by the Boxers; and 
Fejg, at that time a young Chinese cadet, was 
one of the witnesses. T'ne impression must 
have been similar to that which doubtless was 
made upon Saul when the latter witnessed the 
martyruom of Stephen. 

"i'eug heard the woman missionary plead 
for the uves of the missionaries and of the 
Chinese Christians. When that plea was of 
no avail, he heard her beg that they might 
slay her and spare the others. He saw her on 
the way to the place of execution, speaking 
quietly to some of the people who watched 
the procession, and giving silver from her 
purse to a poor creature in the crowd. He 
saw the fortitude with which she met her 
death. The sacrificial love which stood there 
revealed made an unforgettable impression on 
him." 

It was Mary Morrill's martyrdom, together 
with other deeply impressive incidents, which 
finally resulted in Peng's conversion in 1911, 
and during the eleven years that have since 
elapsed General Peng has, perhaps, been the 
most mightily used Christian in China. Not 
only has his own brigade, numbering not far 
from ten thousand men, been led in part to 
Christ, but thousands of others have been 
pointed to the Lamb of God. In addition 
many needed reforms have been successfully 
instituted. 

Mary Morrill went to China, says the Great 
Commission Prayer League, with the spirit of 
revival in her heart. That spirit of 
revival was communicated to Peng, and later 
through I'eng to thousands of other Chinese. 
And now the story is being told throughout 
America and all the world, and out of it will 
come, under God, flaming evangelists and re- 
vived pastors and missionaries. Think what 
it would mean for God if every one of the 
200,000 pastors and missionaries and evange- 
lists of the world were as imbued with the 
spirit of revival as was Mary Morrill and as 
is today General I'eng. Multitudes wiU be if 



you who rea,d these lines pray pei-sistently 
and beUevingly and prevailingly — if you pray 
for revival. — The Christian World. 



METHODIST TEMPERANCE BOARD 

ADOPTS RESOLUTION RESPECTING 
BEER ATTITUDE OF SENATOR- 
ELECT COPELAND OP NEW 
YORK 

WHEREAS Dr. Boyal S. Copeland, once a 
member of the General Conference and now 
an official member of one of the 1 eading 
Methodist Episcopal churches in New York 
City, United States Senator-elect from the 
State of New Y''ork, publicly accepted person- 
ally the beer nullification plank forced upon 
the Democratic party by Tammany and its 
nominee for Governor which reads as follows: 

' ' Recognizing the interpretation of the 
Eighteenth Amendment to the federal consti- 
tution expressed in the Volstead Act has re- 
sulted in widespread contempt and violation 
of the law, in illegal traffic in liquors, and 
in official corruption we insist upon Congress 
enacting such modification of the Volstead 
Act as shall legalize, subject to the approval 
of the State of New York, the use of beer 
and light wines under such careful restric- 
tions as were imposed by the law passed in 
New York in 1920." 

THEBEPOBE, BE IT RESOLVED by the 
Board of Temperance, Prohibition and Public 
Morals of the Methodist Episcopal church 
that it deplores the seeming alignment of a 
distinguished citizen, honored by his church, 
with the liquor traffic, the enemy of every 
church and of righteousness, in defiance of 
the solemn action of that church through its 
General Conference; and that we respectfully 
request the Senator-elect from New York 
State to seek to make such adjustment of his 
political obligations that they will not con- 
flict with his obligations to the cause of fun- 
damental righteousness and to a church which 
has stood before the world as a leader in the 
outlavping of the liquor traffic to the return 
of which he seems to be committed by the 
])latform of his party and his public state- 
ments in connection therewith. 



The above resolution was unanimously 
adopted by the Board of Temperance, Prohi- 
bition and Public Morals of the Methodist 
Episcopal church at its regular annual meet- 
ing at its headquarters in Washington Decem- 
ber 5, 1922 

This same Dr. Copeland has been writing 
popular articles on health problems and an- 
swering questions relating thereto for a news- 
paper syndicate and quite widely circulated. 
A pronounced attitude of opposition to a re- 
form that has brought such benefits to man- 
kind as Prohibition is likely to shock the 
faith of his readers in his professional coun- 
sel. The question will arise. Can a man whose 
judgment is warped in one important line be 
depended on in other lines? 



AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY 

The daily newspapers are read by the vast 
majority of the common people of all races, 
religions, and parties in this country. Nation- 
al advertisers spend far more money in dis- 
playing their offers through the daily press 
than through any other channel of communi- 
cation. The same means can be used for the 
extension of Bible truth, and a plan already 
in operation proves the value of such effort. 

The Back to the Bible Bureau of 'Cincin- 
nati for several months has sent selected 
verses and passages of Scripture to editors of 
papers accepting the service, until millions of 
readers are confronted daily with a portion 
of God's Word. This arrangement has placed 
all tract and Scripture-portion distribution 
into a very small place in comparison to the 
vast sweep of the present plan. Whatever 
reason exists for such Bible portions also 
exists with greater force for the printing of 
such materials in the daily papers. 

Seeing a Bible verse, a man needing salva- 
tion may have that truth lodged in his heart, 
and it may lead to conviction of sin, repent- 
ance, and conversion. God's Word has always 
had a marvelous way of being recognized by 
the Holy Spirit in the minds of men. We be- 
lieve in the open Bible; but too many Bibles 
are closed. Let its sacred precepts be re- 
printed in the press in small and understand- 
able form, and God only knows wihat bless- 
ings may result. 

The unchurched masses can be best reached 
in this way with a gospel message. Thou- 
s'auds will not enter a church, but they will 
read a newspaper. .^ verse may recall the 
childhood training, and lead the wanderer 
back to the portals of God's house. At least 
the influence for good of these Scripture pas- 
sages on conduct cannot be estimated. The 
man who has read some high moral precept 
early in the day is more likely to keep from 
yielding to temptation later that day. 

One of the best results already achieved is 
the marked toning up of the editorial poli- 
cies of some of the papers using the service. 
This is not true of all, for not a few already 
have maintained high standards. One editor 
was frank enough to write, "With a Bible 
verse at the masthead of my editorial section, 
I feel that I must make all the editorials 
agree in a like spirit." Another editor, re- 
jecting the Bible service, said, "I don't mix 
my religion and my business, ' ' and his paper 
certainly proves it. For instance, this par- 
ticular journal stands for the wets ,day and 
night. It cannot be doubted that a Bible 
verse carried regularly in a daily paper exerts 
a profound, if silent, influence on both the 
editorial and news policies. 

The regular printing of Bible quotations 
cheers all the Christian readers. They thank 
God and take courage for this evidence of 
public confidence in Christianity. Further- 
more, the verses help the Christians, for the 
great mass of them do not read their Bibles 
between Sundays. In some places scrap- 
books are being formed of the clippin|cr' 
Others have written that they are commJti..| 
each verse to memory as it appears. And. 
is to be hoped that most of them are tj7F,yjy 
to live by the ideals presented. 



JANUARY 10, 1923 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



PAGE 15 



The so-called secular press deserves a 'high 
degree of praise for the almost uniform cour- 
tesies extended to this Bible service. Unless 
one can have the chance of reading many of 
the letters received by the bureau, it would 
be hard to believe the eagerness and appreia- 
tion shown by these men for the offered help 
to their papers. They are earnest community 
uplifters, and the church would do well to rec- 
ognize this fact. Just to show the value of 
the space contributed, it is figured that for 
every dollar expended by the bureau on all 
expenses, the daily papers are now furnishing 
$160 worth of advertising space computed at 
minimum reading-matter rates. The Western 
Christian Advocate wishes to commend this 
aid to Christian welfare, and to recommend 
the Back to the Bible Bureau to the cordial 
support of all Christian people. — The Western 
Christian Advocate. 



SHARP ISSUE IN MOEMONDOM 

In making its appeal to Christian folk in 
the country for sustenance, Westminster Col- 
lege, which is located at Salt Lake City, 
Utah, tells certain facts which ought to be 
as persuasive upon Christian mind and Chris- 
tian purse as they are annoying to the priest- 
craft of Mormonism. 

In its advertisements through certain of 
the church press in the country, Westminster 
presents statements of which the following 
quoted paragraphs are typicaL 

Utah's Westminster College is being dis- 
covered by many who are just learning that 
she is the force that is fashioning crude, un- 
developed, personalities into characters beau- 
tiful and strong for service. Christian edu- 
cation is making beautiful what Mormonism 
has left crude and unlovely. 

Those who know the situation afEirm that 
the greatest hope of evangelizing the great 
Mormon state of Utah rests in the work of 
Westminster College at Salt Lake City. It is 
sending forth trained Christian leaders to 
carry the light of Christian truth into all parts 
of the state. It is the only Christian college 
among 5,000,000 people. 

These are signed by Dr. H. W. Beherd, 
president of the College. They are undoubt- 
edly true. And they are not inharmonious 
with the Ten Eeasons, reissued by the Pres- 
bytery of Utah in 1921, showing why Chris- 
tians cannot fellowship with Mormonism. 

The best sentiment among Protestant Chris- 
tians in Mormondom holds that Mormonism is 
not Christianity but is blasphemously anti- 
Christian. 

And this bold and righteous position taken 
by Westminster College and by the Presby- 
tery of Utah (endorsed by the Congregation- 
al and the Baptist associations) presents an 
aggravatingly sharp issue for Mormonism to 
meet. For the peculiar claim of Mormonism 
is that it is the sole Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
According to its sacrilegious pretension the 
whole world, and particularly the Christian 
part of the world, was in the darkness of con- 
demnation until the vagrant Joseph Smith 
restored the rites and ordinances and estab- 
lished the sole medium through which human- 
ity could be saved. 

To some of us it has long been a matter of 
wonder that the whole Christian church did 
not unite and press a direct and constant ob- 
I jection to the claim of Mormonism as a Chris- 
tian institution. Its blasphemy is the begin- 
ning of its wrong teaching, and its wrong 
teaching eventuates in wrongful practices. 
The whole gross error of Mormonism and its 
danger to American institutions arise from 
the malevolent claim of its sole right to the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ, with authority in its 
prophet to interpret for Christ to all the 
world, to make and unmake divine edict ac- 
i*ording to his own assumption and to suit his 

' purposes. If once it be granted that one 

'V'^' J. Grant, who is now the chief prophet 

his axtraordinary and arrogant and big- 

and sacrilegious cult, is the sole mouth- 



piece of idrod upon this earth and that Mor- 
monism is the sole road to salvation, it fol- 
lows that Mormonism must be accepted and 
revered by Christianity. But if all these 
claims are false, then it equally follows that 
all Christianity must contend fearlessly 
against these expressions of the anti-Christ. 
For nothing can be more un-Christian than 
the Mormon system. By its false claim it 
puts itself entirely outside of Christian fra- 
ternity. 

A good many of the people out in Mormon- 
dom are comforted by such plain declaration 
as come from Westminster College. The insti- 
tution la,bors with gentleness and sweetness 
to spread the light. It does not needlessly 
antagonize. It makes no war upon Mormon 
individuals. It does not take the field in a 
militant way against the tyrannies and mon- 
opolies that are practiced by Mormon leaders 
in politics and business. But it does stand 
for a clear and robust Christianity. It holds 
high the glorious banner of the Eedeemer. 
And it is all that it claims to be, a Chris- 
tianizing influence among the young people of 
the intermountain country. — The Christian 
Statesman. 

CHILDREN AND DIVORCE 

The wail of those who cry because certain 
classes are not furnishing any children to so- 
ciety may be soothed by reflection on society's 
good fortune not to be blessed by reproduc- 
tions of those classes^ it is a wonder that 
societies have not been organized to send for- 
mal letters of thanks to those who have pre- 
ferred to let their kind of humanity die out 
of the world with them. It would be a happy 
solution if all the useless human strains could 
be eliminated as easily. 

There is, however, a problem complicated by 
children, and that is, the divorce problem. All 
that can ever be said about divorce itself has 
been said, and saying wiU not change it. It 
is a disease that will run its course until all 
those susceptible to it have either resisted or 
succumbed to it, and then like other diseases, 
its soil being exhausted, it will be less com- 
mon. 

Children are a sufficient reason for self-im- 
posed restraint upon those intending a resort 
to the divorce court, but the sad fact is that 
this restraint is seldom exercised. Indeed, an 
ugly development has come in the status of 
the "divorce child." It was quits bad 
enough when the growing boy, home 1'rom col- 
lege for the Christmas holidays, wont ground 
to one house to see his mother who was mar- 
ried to another man, and then round to an- 
other house to see 'his father who v/as mar- 
ried to another woman. That was so bad that 
the mixture of selfishness with the tragedy 
made it a shuddering circumstance to all 
properly sensitive minds. 

But that is not the worst. Children are now 
appearing in divorce courts as pawns. If the 
womian can get the child or children, she can 
use them to hold up the man for money. If 
the man can get the child, then he may go 
free of money obligation to the lyoman. The 
possession of the child, its money value to the 
case, has been so disgustingly apparent in a 
number of instances that recently a Detroit 
judge broke forth into righteously indignant 
speech about it, charging the wrangling par- 
ents that neither of them loved the child or 
they would never have dragged its innocent 
fortunes as far as the divorce court. 

The divorce lawyer, a peculiarly question- 
able type, has learned the strategy of the 
"divorce child." It is time for divorce 
judges, who have seemed to be a little slow 
in the matter, to learn the strategy of the di- 
vorce lawyer. — The Dearborn Independent-. 



The Uttle Christian community in Rome was 
perturbed over a question of diet. Was it 
right to eat meat or forego it? To observe 
certain days rather than others? Then, as 
now, there was a kind of conspiracy to over- 
load the soul with "emphatic trifles." Paul 
hangs the subject out on the golden line of 
Christian privilege and lets the airs of heaven 
blow through it. Yes, he says, it is one's 
privilege to eat meat if he wants to. But, he 
argues, the Kingdom of God introduces The 
soul to higher rights than mere personal priv- 
ileges. A man has the right not to do any- 
thing Ijhat -will injure a human being. Men 
are not greatly Christian by everlastingly 
clamoring for their rights. Men have the 
right not to take their rights. Possessed by 
the Spirit of Christ, these have made the great 
venture from outward advantage to inward 
renunciation, wherein life, properly speaking, 
according to the seer, can only be said to be- 
^in. Thus, while the Realm of God is ren- 
dered visible by every church building and 
every schoolhouse, and every institution, fos- 
tering the liberties' of mankind, it is at the 
same time gloriously invisible — as intangible 
as thought, as universal as air, as still and 
deep as the ever-living purposes of God. 

Here, then, are a few implications of that 
lofty petition, ' ' Thy Kingdom come. " " Orig- 
inating with the Father of our Lord and Sav- 
ior Jesus Christ, the Kingdom has invaded 
the highways and byways of history. It has 
come — it is coming — it will come! Let this 
be our watchword as we face the tasks of 
the new time. Let us cultivate a large per- 
spective rather than a limited outlook. Let 
us keep the Christian focus, laboring to set 
every stone of truth in the rising temple of 
universal righteousness. As it took a golden 
reed to measure the Holy City, so it takes a 
golden mind to evaluate the Kingdom of God. 
More beautiful than all precious stones, its 
walls are higher than all 'heavens and deeper 
than all seas; its gates are not twelve pearls, 
but ten thousand times ten thousand vitali- 
ties, pulsing eastward and northward and 
southward and westward; it has the symmetry 
of a living cube, for "the length and the 
breadth and the height thereof are equal. ' ' — 
Dr. Frederick C. Shannon. 



INDIAN IDEALS 



THE KINGDOM OF GOD 

The Kingdom of God is not eating and 
drinking," says Paul, "but righteousness and 
peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." Were 
nobler words ever inspired by a more seem- 
ingly commonplace, if not ignoble, situation? 



The old jibe that "the only good Indian is 
a dead Indian" is disproved by more than 
one fact. Government publications, for in- 
stance, declare that the Seminoles are "good 
Indians." Frequently in troubled times on 
the frontier friendly Indians warned settlers 
of impending trouble or sheltered them until 
the emergency passed. 

Many stories of the Ojibways show that 
numerous individuals deserved to be classed 
as "goo-d. " The following incident in the 
experience of a government surveyor sug- 
gests that ' ' goodness ' ' is not the exclusive 
possession of the white man. While the sur- 
veying party was in the field, one of the 
chainmen became ill. It became necessary to 
send to a neighboring Indian agency for some 
one who could speak English to take the place 
of the sick man. After working a few days, 
the young Indian who was chosen for this 
purpose, went to his employer and asked for 
release. The surveyor, reluctant to give up a 
competent and much-needed helper, questioned 
him as to the reason for going. His answer 
might give food for thought to many who 
would regard themselves as his superiors. "1 
must go back to my own people," he said. 
' ' Your young men use bad oaths and if I stay 
here I may learn them. There is not an oath 
in the Ojibway language." 

The surveyor called his young men together 
and told them the story. The appeal was not 
lost upon them. They had erred, as do so 
many boys, rather through thoughtlessness 
than purpose. The result was that profanity 
was almost completely broken up in that camp, 
and the Indian continued at his work. — Alice 
L. Pearson, in The Christian Herald. 



PAGE 16 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



JANUARY 10, 1923 



CONPESSIONS OF A SEXTON 

Most people ttink that the man who takes 
the position of .a sexton, conferres himself to 
be poor, if nothijjg else, and it is not the fault 
of the church if he is not, and there are others 
who think that the name impfies a low de- 
gree of intelligence. 

A Presbyterian minister told the writer, 
that when his class in the seminary was just 
leaving, one of the professors in saying tare- 
well, told them to ' • look out for the heating 
and ventilating yourselves and take it for 
granted that the sexton is a fool. ' ' No doubt 
if there was a eoUege for sextons, some pro- 
fessor might counsel his graduating class to 
' ' look out for the preacning and praying 
themselves, and take it for granted tnat the 
minister is a fool ' ' and botn of the profes- 
sors would be right some of tne time. X have 
been a sexion for some time and I will con- 
fess that I know more than when I started, 
for I used to think that one could tell by the 
thermometer whether the air was hot or cold, 
but I have learned better. One sister com- 
plained of excessive heat when the tempera- 
ture was sixty-four an,d she was a minister's 
wife, and a cuilege graduate; and a brother 
was shriveled up with cold wnen the temper- 
ature was sixty-eight, and he was a deacon. 
Our minister preaches 'himself into a perspira- 
tion and then remarks, "You got it very close 
today" when all the time he was preaching I 
had my eyes on the thermometer. The choir, 
organist, and organ pumper all tell the same 
story, and would like to have a special atmos- 
phere suited to their ease. Warm when they 
enter — cool while t'hey sing — and warm again 
when they get cooled off. 

On a mild day sixty-six will suit most peo- 
ple, but on a zero day, when with great ex- 
pense of labor and fuel, sitting up late and 
rising up early you have heated the building 
to that point, you cannot make the brothers 
and sisters believe that the church is just as 
warm as it was last Sunday. "I don't go by 
the thermometer, I go by my feelings," said 
a brother to me on suc'h a day — and he was 
an editor. 

I confess that I have not decided which is 
the worst, or the best — the chilly draft that 
carries pneumonia along with it, or the foul 
air that bree.ds consumption. I have con- 
cluded from observation that most ministers 
and evangelists, especially the last, prefer 
the pneumonia horn of the dilemma. I am 
sure that the air in a crowded church cannot 
be as pure as the outdoor air. I am sure that 
every church should have a ventilating fan 
system so that a current can be kept up 
through the flues whether there is much or 
little fire. I am sure that all users of tobacco 
should be pasteurized, and sterilized, and de- 
odorized before they come in with those who 
try to keep sweet. — A "Sexton," in The Con- 
gregationalist. 



THE riiEETING YEABS 

The heart beat records the seconds. The 
sun records the days and nights. The silvery 
moon measures the months. The seasons in 
their orderly march roll off the years. How 
valuable is time w'hen God in so many ways 
and times tells us of its fleetness! The ser- 
ious soul is conscious of a transition in pass- 
ing the artic circle and in crossing the unseen 
line thart divides the old and the new year. 
The man of a great heart pauses as he passes 
the "milestone." In the heavens above no 
great bell rings, yct the pilgrim to the bar 
of God looks backward and I'orwarrl, inward 
and upward. It is a moment of meditation, 
revelation, appreciation, and consecration. 

The four seasons have come in their char- 
■aoteristic apparel of white, gre^jn, purple, 
and gold. Pifty-two weeks in their orderly 
maTch have brought their gracious ministries. 
Pifty-two golden Sabbaths have come like an- 
gel visits. Three hundred and sixty-five days 
and as many nights in their changeless rounds 
have brought gifts to the children of men 



from the Parent of all good. Eight thousand 
seven hundred and sixty fieetfooted hours 
have run on their errands of mercy to us. 
Five hundred and twenty-five thousand and 
six hundred minutes have come from the in- 
ner glory, radiant servants to us from the 
Most High God. Thirty-one million, five hun- 
dred and thirty-six thousand seconds have 
come like so many good angels sent of God. 

What is life? "To live according to rea- 
son," said the stoic. "To live for pleasure," 
said the epicurean. ' ' To live in contempt tor 
everything," said the cynic. "For me to live 
is Christ," said the Christian. 

Time is the child of eternity. Eternity is 
the child of God. God's greatest name is the 
Pather of our Lord Jesus Christ, and his next 
greatest name is the Pather of Eternity. What 
is lost may be regained, ekcept time. An hour 
frittered away is an 'hour gone foraver. We 
cannot grind with water gone over the wheel. 
"Backward, turn backward, O time in your 
flight!" is a fruitless cry. — (J. P. SherrilJ. 



TO OBEY IS BETTER 

There are occasions when God's servants 
shrink from duty. But what is the conse- 
quence'? They lose the presence and comfort- 
ing enjoyment of God's love. When we obey 
our Lord Jesus as believers should, our God 
is with us; and though we have the whole 
world against us, if we have God with us, 
what does it matter'? But the moment we 
start back, and seek our own inventions, we 
are at sea without a pilot. Then may we bit- 
terly lament and groan out, ' ' O my God, 
where hast thou gone'? How could I have 
been so foolish as to lose all the bright shin- 
ings of thy face? This is a price too 'high. 
Let me return to my allegiance, that I may 
rejoice in thy presence." — C. H. Spurgeon. 



THE NEAR EAST 

(Copy) 
Incoming Telegram 

American Women's Hospitals 
637 Madison Avenue, 
New York City. 

Athens. 

Serious as were pictures of situation in ref- 
ugee camps month ago things have steadily 
worsened since that time. If American peo- 
ple are really interested in welfare these ref- 
ugees, time to help on large scale has now 
arrived. Such emergency work as has been 
done thus far has been good but thousands 
are going to die unless more American help 
and more t'horough American organization be- 
comes immediately effective. I have been try- 
ing to restrict myself to purely medical work 
but it is impossible. I find myself every day 
forced ot provide more than mere medical 
care for women, children who lie on bare 
ground on every side. Yet more refugees con- 
tinue to arrive and minister Refugees. Dox- 
iades told me today he CKpects hundred thou- 
sand more Asia Minor within ten days. Sit- 
uation is terrific beyond words to describe and 
I see no hope for real solution unless Amer- 
ican people willing to undertake leadership on 
wide scope within next monrh. World at 
large apparently unyet comprehends that here 
are millions of refugees almost totally with- 
out men. They are all women and children 
and cannot be expected to Shift for them- 
selves. Is there no way of bringing American 
people to realize how much these helpless, hap- 
less folk need heir assistance? I wish every 
contributor to American women 's hospitals 
would see our hospitals and clinics at Mity- 
leue, Piraeus and Salonica. They are doing 
widespread work. Hope it can continue on 
undiminished scale through winter. 

DR. MABEL E. ELLIOTT. 
Near East Cablegram 
(Copy) 
Near East, New York: 

The Holy Land is sheltering 10,000 orphans 
this Ohristmas, some of them in carpenter 



shops at Nazareth beside the very plae( 
where Christ worked. 

America, having saved these lives, must no"W 
carry on, not only to keep Chr-iStianity aliyi 
in the Near East, but to train the future lead 
ers for reconstruction: justice and educatioi 
being the only solution for the Near Easi 
problem. BAYARD DODGE, 

(President American Univ., Beirut) 



Business Manager's Corner 



THE HONOR ROLL 

It has been suggested that we start the 
Evangelist Honor Koli once more for ou: 
churenes. Most of the congregations thai 
have won a place on the Honor Roll durin| 
the last live years are still entitled to vhei] 
original position. 

After publishing the Roll for four years W( 
felt that it would be hardly necessary to con 
tmue its publication as most of the churchei 
hud passed through the experimental stag( 
and that the novelty had worn off and tliia.t 
like seasoned veterans, they would coutmui 
their good woric without quite so much pub 
licity. However we have endeavored to men 
tion at certain times the churches that had re 
uewed their full subscription lists and thui 
keep them before the mmds of the brother 
hood. 

Without going to a great deal of troubh 
to look up past records we would say the fol 
lowing churo'hes have renewed their subscrip 
tion lists and have won their place on th( 
Honor Roll since our last report: Ashland 
Ohio, fifth year; Brighton, Indiana, seconc 
year; Long Beach, California, fourth year 
New Pans, Indiana, fourth year; Fremont 
Ohio, fourth year; Ardmore, Indiana, thirc 
year; Tiosa, Indiana, fourth year; and Louis 
ville, Ohio, fourth year. There may 'have beei 
others that I do not recall at this moment. L 
so we will gladly give them mention if oui 
attention is called to the ones omitted. 

Now is the time when many more of oui 
churches should give the matter their atten 
tion. Several of the pastors have written ui 
advising that t'hey will push the campaign a1 
once. This is as it should be. The pastoi 
should always be the leader in such matters 
even though he may delegate the actual worl 
to others in the congregation. A number ol 
new subscribers have been added to our list 
but there is always room for ONE more. 

Conference Minutes 

Several opportunities have been given the 
pcastors to return any unsold copies of the 
Brethren Annual and Minutes of General Con- 
ference, but only a few have returned any, 
iSo we take it that the others have all sold 
out and we will now expect every pastor who 
has not returned any copies up to the present 
time to make remittance for the full uumbei 
received. We have had several orders that 
we have not been able to fill, and we will 
have to return the money to some who accom- 
panied their orders with cas'h. 

While it is too late to hope to sell many 
copies should they be returned to us, yet we 
could use a few and we will be glad to have 
a small number of unsold copies returned to 
US for which we will give due credit. 

Puhlication Day 

Next week special emphasis will be laid 
upon the opportunity of the church to meet 
a special need at this time. We are glad the 
church is learning "to take a broader view of 
Christian stewardship and that more people 
every year are conseenating some of their ma- 
terial possessions to the building up of the 
Kingdom of God. We will have more to say 
about the observing of this important day 
next week. R. R. TEETER, 

Business Manager. 



Prof. J. All>=n Miller,-. ~- • ^-r£ 
Grant Street, I^,- 

A^nlonri. Ohio. 



Volume XLV 
Number 3 



January 17, 
1923 




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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



Church 's Obligation to Its Publishing House — Editor, . . . 

Passing of a Warrior- — Editor, 

Editorial Eeview, 

An Unparalleled Opportunity — Dr. E. E. Teeter, 

Endowing the Church Paper — Dr. A. D. Gnagey, 

Importance of Supporting Publishing House — Dr. Jacobs, 

"First Things First" — W. E. Eonk, 

Visible Substance a Personification — C. H. Ashman, .... 



Supreme Need of the Church — G. W. Kinzie, 
The Kich Man and Lazarus — G. S. Baer, . . . 

White Gifts— I. D. Slotter, 

More G. E. Week— Prof . J. A. Garber, 



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God's Call for Men— C. E. Kolb, 11 

Eio Cuarto, Argentina — C. P. Yoder, 12 

News from the Field, 13-15 



EDITORIAL 



The Church's Obligation to Its Publishing House 



The church would not be what it is today if it were not for its 
Publishing House. This is true with regard to the whole church and 
to every individual interest and department of it. We have not gen- 
erally realized this as we ought, and as a result our publishing inter- 
ests 'have not received their just support. But that we are beginning 
to awaken to that fact is encouraging and we are filled with hope 
with regard to the future. 

It seems entirely proper to call attention to the obligation the 
church sustains to its Publishing House in view of its past and pres- 
ent service, for only by bringing about a general understanding of 
this fact will it receive the support that it needs to enable it to 
serve the brotherhood still more efficiently and satisfactorily. 

We have leaned heavily for many years on our Publishing House 
for the meeting of the publicity and literary needs of our church, 
■ and these two factors figure large in accounting for the growth and 
strength of our denomination. Whenever we have had a program to 
launch, we have counted on our church paper and other periodicals 
to give publicity to the project and to bring Brethren people far and 
wide to its support. The growth of our Foreign Mission interests 
have been in proportion to our ability to give wide publicity to infor- 
mation and appeals relating to our foreign work. The same factor 
can largely account for the increased interest in Home Missions, in 
Education and College Endowment, in Benevolence and Brethren 
Home. The Brethren Evangelist, as well as other publications insofar 
as they had opportunity, have given the most enthusiastic support 
to all these departments of church activity. Our Sunday schools are 
supplied with ' ' lesson helps, ' ' inspirational reading and aids in or- 
ganization and methods through the agency of our publishing house. 
There is no other agency ready to supply such helps that have the 
Brethren tone and spirit, and encourage loyalty to Brethren ideals. 
Christian Endeavorers must rely on Brethren publications for promo- 
tion of their activities, and for helps in their devotional programs. 
The Women's Missionary Society makes large use of the church's 
printing establishment in carrying forward their commendable work. 
Eveiy interest of the church owes much of what it is able to accom- 
plish to the service rendered by the Publishing House. And the de- 
mands for such service are becoming increasingly large. Our people 
are coming to understand more and more the value of publicity in 
church work and the importance of an adequate supply of denom- 
inational and departmental literature. 



How s'hall the Publishing House meet these larger demands'? How 
shaU it be enabled to serve the church more efficiently? There is 
but one way. That is for the church to provide it with the financial 
resources that will make such service possible. Brother Gnagey 
rightly tells you on another page that a church paper is not a self- 
supporting agency, and we might go still further and say that a 
church publishing house insofar as its energies are confined to the 
making of a distinctly denominational literature is not self-support- 
ing, especially is this true in the case of a publishing house with so 
small a constituency as our own. Were it not for other sources of 
income many 'of our strongest church publishing houses would go 
bankrupt. Our publishing house is not primarily a money making 
institution, but an institution for the service of our church, and we 
ought not to expect it to perform the most satisfactory service if we 
compel it to fritter away more time trying to make ends meet than 
in anticipating and meeting the literary needs of the brotherhood. 
Its many supporters tell us that the House has performed a noble 
service, as efficient as could rightly be expected of it considering 
the financial handicaps under which it has labored. But it is well 
aware of the larger service it could render in the way of making a 
permanent church literature and in scattering broadcast propaganda 
material in behalf of the whole gospel of Christ, if it were financially 
able to do so. The solution to the problem lies in a debtless and 
endowed publishing house, and the funds must come from Brethren 
people. 

No more important first step to the realization of "A Greater 
Brethren Church" can be taken just now than the coming forward 
with the funds necessary to liquidate the indebtedness on our Pub- 
lishing House, and if posible an endowment fund in addition. This 
would be a real "investment," as Brother Teeter puts it, and the 
dividends, that would accrue in the way of greater intelligence and 
more devoted loyalty, would be more widespread than from any other 
investment we might suggest. The influence would be felt in almost 
every home of every congregation. At every fireside there could be, 
at moderate cost, not only our own religious papers and Sunday 
school lesson helps, but our own books, pamphlets and tracts, such 
as would encourage faith in the Whole Gospel, enlarge the vision 
of service and deepen devotion to God. Until such possibilities are 
made realities, it can scarcely be said that we as a church are taking 
our task seriously. And until we come forward with an offering that 



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will give us a debt-free and endowed publishing house, we cannot 
hope for such possibilities to materialize, nor can it be said that we 
have begun to discharge our obligation to our Publishing House. May 
God open our hearts and our purses to this end. 



The Passing of a Warrior 

Dr. Wilbur F. Crafts, one of the great reformers of our day, 
passed to his reward at the opening of the new year. He was the 
founder and for twenty-eight years the superintendent of the Inter- 
national Reform Bureau, which has been a large factor in all the 
moral reforms of recent years. His seventy-three years of life were 
filled with a vigorous and militant ministry against commercialized 
vice and wickedness entrenched in high places, and his broad know- 
ledge, wide experience and extensive travels made him a man of 
power greatly to be feared by those who would make traffic of the 
morals of human society. 

The Methodist Protestant says of him, "Few men were more 
widely known that Dr. Crafts. He was from the stock of the Pur- 
itans and the fiery fighting blood of his ancestors ran freely through 
his veins. He had the happy faculty of fighting furiously without 
losing the sweetness of his disposition, and even his enemies liked 
him. Of course, he was roundly denounced by the powers that prey, 
because he was a dangerous fighter and they knew it. He had the 
courage of a giant and ridicule and contempt fell from him without 
dampening his ardor or chilling his enthusiasm. Men of his type are 
worth their weight in gold and no man has fallen in the ranks of 
many years whose loss will be more keenly felt than the loss of Dr. 
Crafts." 



EDITORIAL REVIEW 



The Pleasant Grove, Iowa, people are endeavoring nobly to keep 
their work going, though they are without a pastor, and are seeking 
one. 

Some one has beautifully said that "Intercession is love at 
prayer," and we are made to wonder if there could be any real 
prayer of intercession apart from love. 

Among the many sins for which we need often to ask forgive- 
ness, possibly the one most universal and least thought of among 
Christian people is that of prayerlessness. 

PUBUOATION DAY, JANUARY 28, and may every church 
that feels it has received benefit from the church's only publishing 
house observe the day by taking a banner offering. 

Brother W. A. Croiford reports his people at Mount Pleasant, 
Pennsylvania, as being firmly established in the faith of the whole 
Gospel, and that his church recently added to its number three souls 
by baptism. 

Our correspondent from New Paris, Inliana, reports that the work 
there under the leadership of their new pastor, Brother J. W. Brower, 
is getting under way in splendid shape and that he is making, a 
splendid impression on the church and townspeople. 

Some folks who pride themselves on being frank and plain- 
spoken, would be more truly characterized as rude and uncivil fel- 
lows. It is right that one should be truthful, but there is no legit- 
imate excuse for needlessly wounding the feelings of another. 

True religion extends in two directions, upward and outward. 
It concerns the individual's relations both to God and to his feUow- 
men. Without the upward reach religion has no power, and apart 
from the outward reach it has no practical worth. 

If Christianity consisted in doing some "great thing" it is 
quite possible that the great mass of folks would be enlisted under 
its banner instead of only a fraction. But to perform nobly the 
daily round and common task is a severer test. 



Brother W. A. Gearhart makes a very carefully prepared report 
of receipts for Home Missions for a period of weeks. It shows excel- 
lent interest on the part of our people in building up the "home 
base." Has your report been sent in yet? No one should neglect this 
important work. 

Brother Blotter's third report registers the half-way mark in the 
goal for White Gift offerings, and he says the records would indicate 
that the offering that may be expected is only about half in. It would 
be a fine thing if every school would report promptly so that the 
rejoicing over the victory need not be so long delayed. 

In Brother Yoder's report this week, we learn of his having 
secured the incorporation papers for the Foreign Missionary Society 
after two years and a half of waiting. The young native leaders of 
promise that are being developed there should be a matter of great 
satisfaction to the brotherhood. There are a number of open doors 
mentioned that might be entered by young school teachers in this land 
of opportunity. 

Brother Martin Shively spent his holiday vacation assisting 
Brother Eoy Brumbaugh and his co-workers at Gratis, Ohio, in an 
evangelistic campaign, which, we understand, proved to be quite suc- 
cessful. He had previously assisted Brother W. T. Lytle in a meeting 
at Burlington, Indiana. Brother Shively is keeping up his reputation 
for hard work and getting much done. In connection with his work 
as bursar, he is serving the Middlebranch church as pastor. 

Brother A. E. Thomas has spent nearly three months in evange- 
listic work in Morrison's Cove, in and about Martinsburg, Pennsyl- 
vania, where the Lord greatly blessed him in his labors with the 
four churches there. Brother J. I. Hall has served as pastor in these 
regions for a long time and is still greatly loved by his people. 
Brother Thomas takes occasion to pay a beautiful and fitting tribute 
to the work of our lamented Brother Edward Byers, a faithful min- 
ister and founder of Morrison's Cove Vocational School. 

The editor and his good wife were privileged to enjoy a most 
pleasant visit to our former parishioners at Louisville, Ohio, over 
Sunday, January the 14th, where a goodly number gathered to hear 
the preached word both morning and evening in spite of the rain 
and ice. These people are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their 
new pastor, Brother E. F. Byers, who is to take up the work about 
April the first. We believe they will give him the same loyal co-op- 
eration and hearty support that they have been accustomed to give 
their pastors. May God guide pastor and people in unity and strength 
into larger things. 

Some very interesting things have been transpiring at the Elk- 
hart, Indiana, church, where Brother W. I. Duker is the efficient pas- 
tor. Aside from the excellent Christmas celebration. Sister Florence' 
Bickel was ordained to the ministry. She is now on her way to 
France in preparation for African mission work. A little later 
Brother George Pontius, a promising Ashland College student, was 
ordained to the ministry. Brother Pontius has shown himself a capa- 
ble student and has won the confidence of the faculty and his fellow- 
students. We congratulate Elkhart for producing two such promis- 
ing and consecrated young people, and pray God's blessing on their 
ministry. 

We have been wondering if Ashland was the only Sunday school 
to accept the Warsaw challenge to a four months' "Upbuilding Cam- 
paign," but we learn now that Elkhart has gotten into the game, 
and they are planning on building a new church to take care of the 
increased attendance. Of course they have been talking new church 
before, but maybe this campaign will help to convince them that 
more room is necessary. We are informed that they wrote Brother 
Snyder that they would not try to beat Warsaw very badly. Perhaps 
there are other schools that have similar ambitions and have really 
launched out on the campaign, but have not aired their intentions 
yet. If you will kindly break your silence it will be appreciated, as 
the schools that are in the game would like to know what they are 
up against. 



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1723 THE BRETHREN 1923 
BICENTENARY MOVEMENT 

Dr. Charles A. Bame, Executive Secretary 

An Unparalleled Opportunity 

By R. R. Teeter, Director of Publications 





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For thirty years the writer has been a minister in the 
Brethren church, and notwithstanding the mistakes made 
during these years, it has been our aim to serve the churcli 
as faithfully and loyally as we know how. Our first work 
for the general brotherhood was to assist in a canvass of a 
part of Ohio and of Indiana to raise money to pay of£ the 
old debt on Ashland College in 1893. We gave the entii*e 
summer to this work without any compensation whatever, 
except the consciousness of being of some aid to the insti- 
tution from which we had just been graduated, and which 
institution we have not ceased to support for a moment dur- 
ing the thirty years, the last fifteen years serving in the ca- 
pacity of one of the trustees of the in- 
stitution. 

Duruig all these years one of the 
outstanding opportunities of the 
Brethren church has been the building 
up and the supporting of this institu- 
tion. This opportunity has been wor- 
thily met dui-ing the past five yeai-s, 
and no one rejoices in this fact more 
than the writer. 

But the Bi'ethren church is not a 
ONE institution church. It is not 
making any attempt to "carry all its 
eggs in one basket." Such a policy 
would be slow death to the whole in- 
stitution called the church. Life is too 
complex to permit such &, lopsided pro- 
gram. Many interests must be consid- 
ered and must be supported if a full 
and well rounded life would be devel- 
oped. 

Just at the present time we can see 
no greater opportunity for the Breth- 
ren church than the opportunity to 
adequately equip and endow a pub- 
lishing house in a manner commensur- 
ate with the needs of the church. 

A Great Investment 
There are many members in the 
church who feel that during the past 
few years too much emphasis has been 
placed upon the question of giving, 
and we are inclined to agree with 

them. To the mind of the writer it is not so much a 
question of GIVING as it is of INVESTING. Especially 
does this thought apply in the matter of establishing an ade- 
quately equipped publisliing house for the church. 

First of all The Brethren Publishing Company is an 
incorporation entirely under the control of the church. The 
members of its board of directors are elected directly by the 
General Conference and they are held amenable to the Con- 
ference for their manner of conducting the affairs of the 
Company. 

Furthermore the Company Avas incorporated with prac- 
tically no capital, and it has been a constant struggle for 
fifteen years to meet the need's of the church with its lim- 
ited capital. From time to time during these years the 
church has come to the aid of the Company by supplying it 



The Steady Subscriber 

Arranged by the Editor 

How dear to our heart is the steady 
subscriber, 
Who pays in advance at the birth of 
each year; 
Who sends in his monej' and does it 
quite gladly. 
And casts round the office a halo of 
cheer. 

Of our only church paper he never says, 
Stop it, 
I'm getting more magazines now than 
I read; 
But says. Do not drop me, I can 't do 
without it. 
In fact, we all think it a help and a 
need. 

How welcome his check when it reaches 
our sanctum! 
How it makes our pulse throb! How 
it makes our heart dance! 
We outwardly, thank him, ^ve inwardlj' 
bless him — 
The steady subscriber who jiays in 
advance. 

—The Druid. 



wdth additional capital to conduct its business, but this has " 
been done only in a small way. Yet the last annual report 
of the Company showed net resources of $27,896.00. At the 
present time the Company has no debts for operating ex- 
penses that are not adequately covered by accounts on its 
books. But three years ago the Company purchased the 
three-story business block, which is now the home of The 
Brethren Publishing Company, without any capital or funds 
with which to make the purchase. This Avas a most Avise 
investment, and any good business man in Ashland Avill pro- 
nounce it one of the best real estate "buys" made in Ash- 
land ill the last fiA^e years. 

It is in this building Ave are asking 
the general brotherhood to make an 
investment on Publication Day. When 
the Bicentenary movement Avas inaug- 
urated the committee placed the ask- 
ing for the Publisliing Company at 
$25,000.00. This Avould cover the en- 
tire indebtedness on the building and 
on some equipment that Avas secured 
before moA'ing into the ncAv building. 
Brethren, Ave are not asking for 
GIFTS, we are asking you to INVEST 
in your own PUBLISHING COM- 
PANY. The Company is your prop- 
erty as much as the farm upon AAdiich 
you labor or the house in Avhicli you 
Ua'c, CA^en tJiough you never invested 
one cent in it. If you are a member 
of the Brethren church you OAvn your 
proportionate share in the Company. 
Then Avhy not INVEST a little capital 
in it and shoAv your good will and 
make yourself feel more of a personal 
interest in it. 

A good publishing house is as nec- 
essary to the progress of a church in 
these modern times as in a college or 

ia missionarj' society. But a good pub- 
lishing house can not be established 
Avithout the aid of capital, and about 
I the only place one can consistently 
•♦ look for the capital is to the people or 
church the house serves. We can make 
it possible for the Brethren Publishing Company to serve 
the Brethren church successfully only AA'hen aa'c INVEST 
sitffieient capital in it to equip it adequately to the needs 
of the eliurch. 

Last year a number of the churches invested their full 
portion of the total sum and Ave expect them to repeat the 
performance on Publication Day this year; but other 
churches invested only a part of their share, and some even 
failed to invest any. The full investment Avill never be 
secured if no one inA^ests more than his proportionate share 
as there are many Avho are not able to invest anything, and 
it Avill be necessary for some churches to invest more than 
their proportionate share as there Avill be some churches that 
will not invest anything. But it can be done and it should 
be done. 



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The writer is personally acquainted mth a goodly num- 
ber of men in the Brethren church that should invest at least 
$500.00 in this proposition. 

Men are continually making personal investments for 
themselves, why not invest a little for the Lord? Men are 
ever ready to invest in ' ' wildcat ' ' stock companies, why not 
invest in something that will bring returns for our children 
for generations to come ? A prominent business man of Ash- 
land made the statement that more than one million dollars 
had gone out of Ashland county since the close of the war 



that would never come back because the money was invested 
in worthless stock companies. The same experience has been 
the lot of practically every county in the country. 

Let us be conservative once and INVEST our money in 
a religious publishing company that is ready to answer to 
our Lord for its stewardship. 

How much wUl you INVEST on Publication Day? Pas- 
tors, how much encouragement will you give your churches? 
The time for action is now here. 



Endowing the Church Paper 

By A. D, Gnagey, Editor Sunday School Publications 



It is a fact too well known to need mentioning that our 
colleges, our universities, our theological seminaries Avould, 
within a very short time, have to close their doors if it were 
not for their endowments contributed by the large-hearted, 
wealtJiy members of the church. A contribution made to tlie 
endowment fund of any of these institutions is looked upon 
as a wise investment. The returns are not in cash dividends, 
but in the trasmutation of cash into brain power. The 
church paper is ever ready to lend its influence in carrying 
forwai'd to success a program that makes for the better and 
more permanent establishment of the educational institution 
or institutions of the church which it represents. 

But it should be remembered that one of the most pop- 
ular and most effective institutions of the church itself is the 
church paper. Why then, should not the church paper be 
endowed? The chixrch paper does not pay for itself. Even 
where advertisements are a soursce of no small revenue the 
average church paper closes its fiscal year -with a deficit, — a 
balance on the wrong side of the ledger. This can not be 
charged to mismanagement — by no means. In 1914 Avhen 
materials and labor, which enter into the making of a church 
paper, were little more than half of what they are now, 
"The Christian Advocate," of New York, closed the year 
with a deficit of about $20,000. The Advocates of Cincin- 
nati, Chicago, St. Louis, and other cities, followed vvith 
deficits slightly less, though even the smallest loss was found 
to be well above $12,000. The showing made by these jour- 
nals coincides witTi the observations made during years of 



journalistic experience. "The Reformed Church Messenger," 
mth a constituency of about 400,000 adherents in the United 
States never has paid for itself, and it does not now. Its 
publishers spend considerably more every year than they re- 
ceive from its patrons. This is wise. The church paper is 
not a btisiness institution. Its mission is to disseminate and 
publish news and enlighten and encourage the church. li>, 
aim is to enter the best families of the denomination and to 
unite them in enthusiastic devotion to the things that per- 
tain to the exten.sion of the kingdom of Jesus Christ. It does 
not pay in dollars and cents. But it does pay immensely iti 
the larger activity and the encouraged devotion of the peo- 
ple of the church. For this reason it is just as proper that 
the men and women of means in the church should assist in, 
endowing the church paper as they do in endowing colleges 
and seminaries. 

It is wholly unreasonable to expect that the Brethren 
Evangelist, with a constituency of little more than 25,000 
should be an exception to the financial status of the various 
official publications of other denominations. Especially so 
when it is considered that this publication carries no adver- 
tisements and therefore has no revenue from this source. 
And yet the Brethren Evangelist is not asking for an endow- 
ment. But it is asking, that on the coming Publication Day, 
the friends of the Publishing House wnll respond liberally 
to the appeal and place the publishing business on a financial 
l)asis where it can take care of itself. THIS IT CAN DO BY 
PAYING FOR THE BUILDING IN WHICH ITS PUBLISH- 
ING BUSINESS IS NOW CARRIED ON. Will we do it? 



Importance of Supporting Our Publishing Interests 

By Dr. Edwin E. Jacobs, President of Ashland College 



It would be difficult, perhaps useless, to attempt to say 
which one of the seven departments of the Bicentenary is the 
most important to the well-being of the church, — Education, 
Missions, Benevolences, Spiritual Life, Evangelism, Stew- 
ardsMp, or the Publishing House. All are so essential that 
if any one were to fail, the future of the church would be 
greatly handicapped. Sometimes, when in my myopia, I 
think that education is the most important part, I get a new 
vision by reflecting on just what the church wotild come to, 
if any one were dropped out. For instance, what value has 
any of the rest, when the spiritual life is ebbing? Or Evan- 
gelism? Or Stewardship? 

Now the Publishing Hotise gives us service, willingly 
and efficiently, in at least three very important directions. 
First, it has a reportorial value in that it brings the affairs 
of the church, scattered as we are from coast to coast, to 
the immediate cognizance of all. I suspect that no depart- 
ment of the Evangelist is more widely or enthusiastically 
read, than those parts which deal with the activities of the 
local church or other organizations. I have heard many 
say, that so far as the College is concerned, they read the 
news items before they read the more lengthy articles on 
education. Doubtless this applies to other news items as 
well. 



But a second function, is the unifying effect which the 
circulation of the general church literature must have. To 
use again the College as an example, it is evident that we 
have no other way so efficient as the Evangelist by which Ave 
can get the ideals of the College before its friends and sup- 
porters. If we have certain ideaLs here regarding educa- 
tion, they ouglit to be known to the church at large so that 
we may all with one accord adopt them or correct them. 
Those not connected with sttch an institution as this, can 
hardly realize just what it means to have the colmnns of a 
weekly paper open to us, which circulates among just the 
people we want to reach with news. I dare say that the 
Evangelist does the school a greater service in this regard 
tlian any publicatioii the College could put out and doubt- 
less this is true concerning the other departments of our 
church activities. 

Bitt more important doubtless, is the value to be at- 
tached to the doctrinal part of the published matter which 
comes from our press. It is our constant claim that we have 
a unique mission as a church and certainly no other denom- 
ination is going to press our claims for us. I regcsrd it as 
the duty of every Sunday school within oui- brotherhood to 
use, in so far as possible, our own Sunday school literature 
and furthermore, to go quite a little out of the way to use 



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it. When I was in college, I taught for three years, a Sun- 
day school class in a Methodist church. Later I did like- 
wise for two years in a United Brethren church and later 
one year in a Presbyterian church and I observed that in not 
one did they use BRETHREN LITERATURE ALTHOUGH 
IT WOULD HA.VE BEEN JUST AS GOOD. NOR DID 
ANY ONE OF THEM USE INTERDENOMINATIONAL 
PRINTS. I wonder if it would be difficult to conjecture 
just what literature was being used in each? Well, I want 
to say that when the lessons were under consideration which 
dealt with baptism, the quarterlies were standing pat on the 
denommational teaching. Be sure of that. 

It has been urged as a criticism that we as a church 
have almost no church literature and the reasons are not far 
to seek. We are a small body and the buyers of our books 
would be limited, no matter what the excellence of the pub- 
lication might be. Our lustory as a distinct body has been 
short and our achievements have not been outstanding but 
what we do have in the way of literature has been made pos- 
sible by our publishing interests. 

Some of us would not see our church doctrine and our 



church interests mentioned in print in our life time, except 
their death notices, were it not for our publishing house. It 
has been urged that it is a money-making institution and it 
is, but with modern business the condition it is, and giving 
the service the establishment must give, takes it largely out 
of the class of corporations for profit. In order, then, to put 
out at minimum cost and with efficiency, the Brethren Mis- 
sionary, the Woman's Outlook, the Collegian, The College 
Quarterlies, The Sunday School Literature, and Evangelist 
and such other publications as are needed from time to 
time, the Publishing House needs our united support at all 
times and especially on Publication Day, January twenty- 
eight. Living in Ashland as I have for nearly twenty j-cars, 
and having had an opportunity to observe the publishing 
house and making use of its services as I have almost week- 
ly for this extended period, I venture to say that it gives 
the church not only a service away beyond any legitimate 
demand that could be expected of a commercial enterprise 
thus equipped, but moreover, a service upon which depends 
much of the vitality and efficiency of all the other interests 
of the church. 

Ashland, Ohio. 



First Things First. By w. e. Ronk 



(Continued from last week). 
May we now meditate upon the Right Way. The text 
says, "But seek ye first," not second, or last or sometime; 
but "FIRST, the kingdom of God and his righteousness and 
all of these things shall be added unto you." Again, 
"Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all 
of these things." Certainly these material things are neces- 
sary, essential, but always in the right place. First the 
kingdom of God andliis righteousness and second the needs 
of the body. This is the divine order. The kingdom of 
God first. This kingdom is unworldly. "My kingdom is not 
of this world — ^"Pilate said to Jesus, "Art tiiou a king?" 
Jesus replied, "a king of truth." Again, "My kingdom is 
not of this world else would my servants fight." Not that 
tliis kingdom does not touch {he world, for it does. It is 
not after the fashion of worldly kingdoms. The world tries 
to build great empires of material things in a material way. 
God works through the heart of man. The world organ- 
izes her men into armies and goes forth and fights, kills, 
burns and returning home someone cries out, Christianity 
has failed. Christianity does none of these, neither is the 
kingdom of God builded in this way. "Christianity has 
failed!" It is a lie. Christianity has never failed where 
it has been tried. Why place the result of man's greed at 
the door of another? Of the greatest so-called Christian 
nation of the •\^•o^id, only about one-third are so called pro- 
fessed Christians. By the same rule I say to you science has 
failed. Science said, "I'll stop war. I will build mighty 
ships of war, I will invent the most deadly of poison gases, 
I will build great ships to sail through the air to carry de- 
struction, I will make war so terrible that men will not 
fight." What of commerce? Commerce said, "I will build 
mighty ships and draw the world together by trade — and 
for economic reasons men M'ill not fight." Education said, 
"I will educate men and women and boys and girls; I will 
teach them that Avar is destructive of life and property and 
that it is wrong to fight, and the world will be drawn to- 
gether into one great brotherhood." All of these things 
were said prior to the great w&v and are still being said in 
some quarters. Yes, but war came. When did Christianity 
ever make such a claim? Jesus said, "I came not to bring 
peace but a sword." Peace comes to the individual or the 
nation only when the principles of Jesus are accepted and 
lived. Christianity by a few people will never prevent war. 
Christianity has never been applied to the relation of 
nations. Where Christianity has been tried, it has been 
proven a glorious success. Ask William Cowper. Did you 



try it? What was your experience? He answers, "Once 
I was ready to jump into the river Siene, three times I lifted 
the poison cup to my Ups, and twice I raised the revolver 
to my head, so tired was I with life. Then I heard the story 
of Jesus. ' ' Now hear him. sing, ' ' There is a fountain filled 
with blood, drawn from Immanuel's veins, and sinners 
plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains." 
Millions of the peoples of the earth have testified that 
Christianitiy is real and meets the needs of the soul. Chris- 
tianity touches the world and meets the needs of men. 

We may well thank God that he did not merely set up 
a kingdom under David for the Jewish race alone, or even 
a Ivingdom under Jesus alone for the Jews, or in fact, any 
temporal kingdom, but that his kingdom is for all who will 
believe, through all ages as long as the world shall last. In 
other words, the Kingdom of God is not national m scope, 
but embraces all mankind even as many will believe. It 
is not French, or German, English or even American, as 
some Avould lead us to believe. The appeal is world wide. 
The commission is world wide. "Go ye into the whole 
world — . ' ' This message must be taken into the whole Avorld 
and applied to the needs of men. To every need and every 
activity of life. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and 
?HS RIGHTEOUSNESS." Certainly we need not try to 
keep God righteous but to apply his righteousness to 
our OAATL lives. There must be right living for us and that 
same standard must be taken into the whole Avorld. Chris- 
tianity has made remarkable progress in the short time 
.suice Jesus came ; but there is still before the church a tre- 
mendous amount of work to do. It can be done through the 
help of Jesus; but there is the part that men must do. As 
we study the struggles of mankind throughout the ages 
seeking a higher poAver for help, hoAV they turned hither 
and thither for help, noAv to the sun, noAV to the moon, now 
to self deprivation, and ahvays trying to do something to 
merit help, and Avhen Ave remember that even noAv there are 
millions in darkness crying out for that light. How can we 
do anything less than surrender our whole lives to our 
Master? Some to give money, some to give life and all of 
us to live his teachings out in our lives. Oh, that we Avould 
yield our whole lives to the Master that he might have right 
of Avay. 

Some years ago the greatest organ in all of the world 
was in a great Cathedral in southern Germany. The mech- 
anism of this instrument was very delicate and in order that 
the Avonderful instrument might be properly cared for, a 

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I 



THE BRETHREN PULPIT 



Visible Substance a Personification of Spiritual Ideals. 

By C. H. Ashman 



(Editorial Note. — A newspapei- clipping sent us by Brother L. 
G. Wood, infornis us of tlie impressive ceremoiiit^s that marked the 
cornerstone laying of the Third Brethren church of Johnstown, Penn- 
sylvanii;, -vvht-re a large crowd braved the cold wnather tc attend the 
services. The pastor, Brother Wood, presided at the laying of the 
cornerstone. Brother Ashman preached the sermon, which we are 
privileged to reproduce). 

Frequently, Jesus Christ in his teaching used outward 
things as points of contact and channels through which to 
reach the inner heart and soul of man. In dealing with the 
woman at Jacob's well, he led her from the thought of the 
water which quenched physical thirst to the Water of Life, 
which satisfies the soul So today, we desire to study mate- 
rial things in their relation to spiritual truths. We urge 
that you think with us of visible substance as a personifica- 
tion of spiritual ideals and progress. As we behold this wall, 
this foundation, and lay this cornerstone, and by faith wit- 
ness the erection of this church edifice upon these, may we 
witness in all this a representation of great and eternal 
spiritual truths. 

Christ Is Foundation 

As we look upon this foundation, built we trust upon 
the bed rock which underlies this section, we remind our 
hearts that beneath the church of Christ is the eternal foun- 
dation, Christ Jesus. These are days of terrible upheaval. 
We seem to be walking upon a thiii crust of soil beneath 
which we feel the commotion of shifting quicksand. Every- 
thing about us appears to be in a process of uncomfortable 
change. Cherished things, which we had fondly hoped 
were permanent are crumbling into decay. Old landmarks 
are being removed. Almost evevj hour, the instruments of 
i-ecording history are recording tremors of earthquakes 
which are alarming in their forecasts. Foundations are fall- 
ing apart like ropes of sand and the structures reared upon 
them are crashmg about our heads. The governments of 
the earth appear to have been thrown into a mighty melting 
pot and in this caldron are seething, boiling, gargling with 
the heat of change. We stood a few months ago at tlie rim 
of the famous paint pots in Yellowstone Park. Like a 
mighty caldron the hot, boiling mud bubbled and gurgled 
at our feet like boiling paint. The governments of today 
appear like that and who can foretell what form they will 
take when they come to the solidifying state"? The social 
fabric of the world is being torn and we behold the foolish 
attempts to sew pieces of new cloth into the old garment. 
The industrial world is in a chaotic state which is said to 
be the cause of the prolonged irrational condition of busi- 
ness. Why is there such a state of disturbance, upheaval, 
shakings, earthquakes, crumblings? Why is it that we are 
living as if over a smouldering, grumbling volcano which 
threatens to belch forth its hot lava and bury iis beneath 
its wrath? Because beneath cherished institutions there is 
the insecure foundation of greed, avarice, selfishness, unbe- 
lief, and materialism. There is shifting quicksand instead 
of solid rock beneath it all. 

But, amid' it all, there is one institution which remains 
unshaken and unmoved because slie is biiilt upon an im- 
movable rock. In spiritual things, the church needs not to 
build a foundation. Other foundations can no man lay save 
that which is laid, even Jesus Christ, Behold there has been 
laid a Zion, a chief cornerstone, elect and precious, rejected 
indeed of men, but chosen of God — the same being the Heaa 
of the Corner, 

He is the Rock of Ages who withstands the disintegrat- 
ing powers of time. How mighty have been the blows of 



infidelity upon this rock in the past, but each blow but 
broke into pieces the sledge hammer of the infidel and left 
the hand that delivered it bruised, bleeding, mangled and 
withered. How powerful in cumiingness have been the at- 
tacks of giant intellects against Christ, the Rock, but where 
are they who with boasted scholarship sought the destruc- 
tion of tliis rock ? How terrible have been the blows of base 
materialism upon this chief corner stone, but like a boom- 
erang each one returned to pierce the soul of those throw- 
ing them. Multiplied indeed through repetition have been 
the efforts of misrepresentation, counterfeiting of this rock. 
Thousands of chief corner-stones, painted to appear like 
Christ have been placed before the human heart, but time 
soon erased the thin layer of falsity and the crumbling na- 
ture was evident. 

Rock of Ages 

But, towering above all these ruins of men there stands 
the Rock of Ages, Christ. Last summer we donned a rub- 
ber suit and descended into the Cave of the Winds at Niag- 
ara Falls. As we struggled along the board walk, pushed 
against the railing with the force of the wind and almost 
blinded with the whirling mist, we passed a rock upon 
which was painted these words of blasphemy, "The Rock 
of Ages." It had split into two pieces, fallen apart. Here 
and there on every side were smaller pieces which had 
hi'oken oflf as a result of the action of the wind, water, and 
time. A holy indignation filled' our heart as we read those 
words, "The Rock of Ages." We protest! Christ is the Rock 
of Ages and he never crumbles or falls apart. "He is the 
same today, yesterday, and forever." He is immutable, un- 
changeable, unalterable, eternal. Kingdoms rise and fall, 
civilizations are developed and sink into antiquity, genera- 
tions are born and die, but Christ remaineth eternally the 
(Christ. 

There are those who are clamoring for what they call 
a New Religion.' Tliey inform i;s that the cliurch must seek 
another message which in its final analysis means another 
Christ for Christ and his message are inseparably linked to- 
gether. Do not despise, but rather let us pity these expo- 
nents of a ne^v religion. They are more to be pitied than 
laughed at, they are more to be loved than despised. How 
shallow is theii' interpretation of history.- Can they not see 
that the pre^■erving salt of the past has been Christ and his 
church? Without these two the whole fabric of humanity 
would have fallen into putrefaction and judgment descended 
years ago. How .superficial is their interpretation of the all 
absorbing present. Can-they not see that the real stabilizer, 
equalizer and genuine controlling hand which is determin- 
ing the only degree of equilibrium and poise and balance 
wliich we possess today is the church and her message of the 
Christ? Plow short-sighted they are relative to the future. 
Can they not understand that unless we continue to build 
upon the eternal Christ and genuine Christianity, there will 
be no future? Having eyes, do they not see? Having ears, 
can they not hoar? Having hearts, can they not understand? 
They ai-e blind guides of the blind and if M-e follow them we 
will all fall into the ditch. 

"Be calm, church! Be not afraid! Be not disturbed 
by these clamoring voices." You are builded upon the Rock 
of Ages and shall witlrstand the storms of time. Your con- 
tinuity is assured. 

Members' Ideals 



Now we are warned to be careful how and what type 
of structure we erect upon Christ, the Cornerstone. Paul 
says some build gold, silver, precious stones, while others 



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wood, hay and stubble. Have you ever thought of a new 
church building as a persnification of the ideals of the mem- 
bers ? You can %vith no small degree of certainty judge the 
spiritual temperament of the membership by the type of 
building they erect. If the church is one which places the 
emphasis upon the athletic, there will be bowling alleys, 
shower baths, and a well-equipped gymnasium. If it is one 
whose constituency is much given to club life, there will be 
rest rooms and dens. If the church is a worshipper of the 
modem god', Appetite, there will be magnificent kitchens, 
serving rooms, and spacious dining room. If it is a slave to 
the entertaining idea, there will be excellent arrangements 
for lectures, fairs, playlets, movies, etc. But, if the member- 
ship is spiritual in faith, ideals and temperament, the edifice 
will be pre-eminently for Avorship. The prayer room Avill 
be more prominent than the supper room! The pulpit will 
be counted more vital than the lecture platform. The Sun- 
day school Avill be given the money for equipment usually 
expended in the athletic department. The building you 
Brethren erect upon this foundation will be the counterpart 
, of your faith, zeal, loyalty, and spirituality. 

But, Avhat type of a building shall we rear on the foun- 
dation? Paul urges a Spiritual House. That is one in Avhich 
the message shall ever be spiritual. The message the world 
needs whether it desires it or not Ls Christ Jesus and him 
crucified! The Avorld does not need a new message, it needs 
the old message proclaimed A\dth a new power. The minis- 
try of today will do well to take heed to Paul 's injunction to 
"Preach the Word." Leave the eulogizing of the poets, the 
rearing of memorials to great men of A^alor, the reviewing 
of recent books, to the lecture platform, but within the 
House of God, preach his Word. Other institutions are sur- 
rendered to these other things, but there is but one insti- 
tution to preach the Gospel, the church. 
Spiritual Mission 

Yes, the superstructure we rear on Christ must be one 
of a spiritual mission. What is the fountain of experience? 



Prom whence cometh all these perplexing problems of the 
day? Do they come from environment? They come from 
the human heart. Out of the heart are the issues of life. 
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 
What folly for the church to be treating the expressions and 
symptoms of the diseased. Get men right Avith God Avithin. 
their heart and the expressions of their life will be right 
and they Avill form a right environment. If the church Avould 
put her Avhole life into proper evangelism for ten years, a 
mai-velous change Avould be Avitnessed. Her nature is spir- 
itual, her message must be such, and her mission is to seek 
and saA'e the lost. 

NoAv Brethren, a glorious privilege is yours in that you 
may have a part in the erection of this edifice. The record 
of the erection of Solomon's Temple is a most interesting 
study. It required 30,000 men Avorking in three courses of 
10,000 each, seven years to gather the cedar and fir. There 
Avere in addition to these 10,060 common laborers. Then 
there Avere 80,000 stone cutters. Then there Avere 3,300 
bosses. Unto King Hiram Solomon gave for maetrial 200,- 
000 bu.shels of Avheat each year for seven- years, making a 
total of 1,400,000. He gave also 1,720 gallens of pure olive 
oil each year or a total of 12,040 gallons in all. But, not 
one Avord of complaint do Ave hear aa^MIc they gathered all 
tliis material. What a joy in preparation and' in time of 
construction. Then AA'hat rejoicing Avhen the glory of the 
Lord filled the House of the Lord. 

But there is a graA^e danger that confronts any congre- 
gation after the construction of a ncAv edifice. It was after 
the temple Avas completed that Solomon began to love many 
strange Avomen. It Avas then that these strange Avomen 
turned aAvay his heart after other gods and his heart Avas 
not perfect with the Lord his God. It Avas then that he did 
that Avhich Avas evil in God's sight and the anger of the Lord 
Avas kindled against him. So Ave Avarn you to be careful lest 
you become puffed up. BeAvare of strange gods! Thou 
shalt loA'e the Lord thy God and him only shalt thou serve. 



The Supreme Need of the Church. By g. w. Kinzie 

{Moderator's Address at Ohio Conference, Gratis, October 24, 1922) 



(Concluded from last Aveek) ' . 

Then he has commanded us to repent. In most of the 
letters to the seven churches of Asia, as recorded in the sec- 
ond and third chapters of the book of the Revelation, the 
church building as a personification of the ideals of the mem- 
of this teaching at least runs through the entire Testament. 
It is evident, therefore that the members of the church ought 
to live in the spirit of repentance Avhereby no offense A\dll 
ever be deliberately and personally giA^en, and such that the 
moment it is learned that it has been unintentionally given, 
the Avrong Avill be made right at the earliest possible moment 
by definite apology and proper restitution. So many seem 
to be able so easily to commit offenses against their bi'eth- 
ren and sisters in Christ and then never think of acknoAv- 
ledging the same and asldng forgiveness. Seemingly they 
think that to smile and ignore the offense Avill rectify it and 
that in time it Avill be forgotten. But this does not make 
it right. It simply induces a sensitiA^eness and suspicion 
that breaks up unity and felloAvship, destroys love, and nul- 
lifies the church's poAver in saAdng a lost race. 

Another of his commands Avhieh seems to receive so 
little attention is that referring to the filling of the Spirit. 
"Tarry," paid he. "in the city of Jerusalem until ye be en- 
dued Avith poAver from on high," (Luke 24:49) ; and again, 
"Be filled Avith the Spirit," (Eph. 5:18). Noav one Avho is 
filled with the Spirit Avill be controlled, dominated by the 
Spirit. And if all Avere so controlled, there aa^ouW be noth- 
ing but harmony, co-operation, unity, because all Avould be 
under one perfect head. What poAver this Avould bring to 
the church. Such persons, filled with the Spirit, Avill be 



possessed of the wisdom that is from "above" which is 
"first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, 
full of mercy and good fruits, Avithout partiality and with- 
out hypocrisy," (Jas. 3:17). A thoroughgoing sincerity and 
conscientiousness are ever the marks of a Spirit-filled child 
of God. Hence aa^c are told that "Without holiness no man 
shall see the Lord," (Heb. 12:14). Yet how many get 
scared at the Avord holmess. Better be getting acquainted, 
not only Avith the word, but Avith the quality itself. The 
Christian life is one of separation. One cannot serA^e God 
and Satan. Jesus said, "Ye cannot serve God and mam- 
mon." Ye cannot serA^e tAvo masters. One cannot be holy 
and unholy; cannot be holy and curse and SAvear, lie, cheat, 
steal, be adulterer or adulteress ; cannot be holy and carnal ; 
spiritual and Avorldly, these being diametrically opposed. 
Neither can we be holy in our home tOAvn and carnal and 
sensual in Ncav York or Chicago. The great astronomer, 
Mitchell, Avas one day making some observations on the sun. 
As it descended toAA^ards the horizon, just as it AA^as setting, 
there came into the ray of the great telescope the top of a 
hill seven miles away. On the hill was an orchard, and in 
one of the trees were two boys stealing apples. One Avas 
getting the fruit and the other Avas keeping watch. But 
there sat Professor Mitchell, seven miles away, seeing every 
moAi-ement as plainly as if he Avere on the spot. And so God, 
though we may be unconscious of it, sees not only our out- 
Avard acts, but the very innermost recesses of our hearts. 
HoAv important, then, that we let the Holy Spirit fill us that 
he may keep our hearts pure and' clean. 

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lives iacreasing worldliness ; jealousies, envyings, backbit- 
ing, etc., is the evidence, then, that the supreme need of the 
church is to be filled with the Spirit of God. There is not 
room in the same heart for these things and the Holy Ghost. 
If they are let in, he leaves. If he comes in, they must get 
out. 

What a va^t difference between the Spirit-filled and the 
non-Spirit-fiUed man or woman. In his Word God gives us 
their pictures contrasted. He says that the Spirit-filled per- 
son bears the fruit of the Spirit, Avhich is "love, joy, peace, 
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temper- 
ance, etc., (Gal. 5:22, 23). All these characteristics show un- 
selfishness. But the non-Spirit-fiUed person prodtices the 
works of the flesh, "which are these: adultery, fornication, 
uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, (and covetousness is 
idolatry (Col. 3:5), witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, 
wrath,- strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunk- 
enness, revelings, and such like," (Gal. 5:19-21). What a 
list! And Avhat descriptions! Every one of these "works 
of the flesh" here listed are indicative of selfishness. Indeed 
of such person it may truly be said: "He lived for himself; 
he thought for himself ; for himself and none beside ; just as 
if Jesus had never lived ; as if he had never died. ' ' But 
"they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the 
affections and lusts," (Gal. 5:24). 

The meeting of this most urgent of all needs would be 
the short cut to the realization of the goals represented by 
the spokes in our Bicentenary wheel. It would then not be 
necessary to urge and beg our people to establish family 
altars and daily liabits of prayer and' Bible reading in the 
home. Faithfulness in all the seiwices of the church would 
follow as the night the day. Increasing stress would be 
given to doctrinal truths as naturally and powerfully and 
as effectively as in apostolic days. And every other essen- 
tial interest of our beloved Fraternity would receive the 
proper attention and support. The money needed to endow 
and equip our college; to cancel our publishing house in- 
debtedness and provide ample and needed equipment; to 
provide for contmuous and increasing missionary work and 
workers; for the Brethren Home, and to take care of our 
aged ministers in a dignified and adequate manner would' be 
had voluntarily and abundantly. Greatly needed reapers 
for the ripened fields, beckoning to us for a whole Gospel, 
would volunteer to the call of the Spirit even as did the 
prophet Isaiah: "Here am I, send me." And of course, a 
greatly increased attendance of Brethren young men and 
women at our own and only college would result. And 
lastly, but in no wise least, a continiious revival Avould be 
in full swing and souls would be "added unto the church 
daily." He is the same God, with the same power, just 
M^aiting for his church to let him come in and make her the 
holy channel she must be if he can use her as he would. 

It seems to me that our own state, Ohio, ought to be 
the greatest stronghold of Brethrenism in our entire brother- 
hood. Our churches should be numerous and strong. Our 
district should lead, point the way, to the other districts. 
We should be the hub of Brethrenism. Not only are we 
geographically at the centci' of our brotherhood, but, by 
virtue of our college bemg located in our midst. And we 
should be entirely dissatisfied mth ourselves until through 
much prayer and definite consecration we shall be filled and 
fired with the Holy Ghost, that our constituency may be 
liberated from Satan's snare of worldliness, and manifest 
such holy love for one another, and such consuming zeal and 
passion for the lost; our ministers fearless in rebuking sin 
and in proclaiming the whole counsel of God Anthoiit fear 
or favor; every member of the faculty of Our college and 
seminary exerting such unselfish, holy influence, and free 
from any doubts proceeding from would-be scholarships and 
"science falsely so called," which may be present or make 
their appearance, as to command the unquestioned confl- 
denee of the last district, and the last congregation, and, if 
possible, of the last man in our entire brotherhood ; such an 
influence would create an atmosphere that it would be al- 



most an impossibility for a student to be in attendance any 
great length of time without coming voluntarily under the 
control of the Holy Ghost. 

A great many people in our churches seem to have the 
idea that the main things, with the pastors and leaders in the 
church, are the dollars that we can "beg" from them. It is 
not unlikely that they have gained this impression from the 
emphasis which has been placed upon money. During the 
last few years no little emphasis has been given the money 
question. It has been money for endo-\vment, money for 
home missions, for foreign missions, for state missions, for 
Kentucky missions, for the Publishing interests, money for 
the Bretliren Home, for our aged ministers, etc., etc., be- 
sides the many local items of expense. Yet I do not charge 
that we have over-stressed these interests, nor do I think 
that any of these are unnecessary or unimportant. My 
thought simply is that our emphasis upon the spiritual life 
has been entirely too slight. I am very much convinced that 
more would be gained in dollars, and recruits, and in en- 
larged membership, if we could but get our people to make 
the surrender of themselves to God by which he could fill 
them with himself. 

I am believing that the only way we shall ever realize 
the Holy Spirit's fulness is for us ministers to lead our con- 
gregations, by precept and by example, to the necessary un- 
conditional surrender to God. An unwavering and unques- 
tioning faith in the absolute Lordship and Kingship of Jesus 
Christ, based upon his unqualified Deity, is an absolute ne- 
cessity if we would get folks to really make that necessary 
surrender to him. 

For myself, while entertaining no desire whatever for 
the fanatical and mistaken notions of holiness and spiritual 
life, I have a deep, abiding desire for all of the genuine in- 
filling of the Holy Ghost that is possible, both for myself 
and our entire church. This will build up our churches more 
quickly and permanently than any other one thing or any 
several things combined. "Except the Lord build the house, 
they labor in vain that build it" (Psa. 127:1). I am, there- 
fore very desirous that some plan may be definitely made 
for the accomplishment of this high and holy purpose. If 
■we could have a sort of Keswick for our people it would no 
doubt go a long way toward the realization of this goal. An- 
other means to the same end might be for the district to en- 
gage a thoroughly Spirit-filled evangelist for our district to 
go from church to church to help bring about this glorious 
result. May our loving and gracious heavenly Father give 
to us the repentance, and' yieldedness, and humility that 
shall make us vessels meet for the Master's use; open chan- 
nels of blessing through which our Lord Jesus may be able 
to pour forth Ms saving grace and loving mercy to a sin- 
cursed, dying world of men and women. Amen. 

New Lebanon, Ohio. 



PATIENCE 

The offices of patience are as varied as the ills of life. 
We have need of it vnth. ourselves and with others ; and with 
those below and those above us, and with our own equals; 
with those who love us, and those who love us not ; for the 
greatest tilings, and the least; against sudden inroads of 
trouble and under our daily burdens ; disappointments as to 
the weather, or the breaking of the heart ; in the weariness 
of the body, or the wearing of the soul ; in our own failure 
of duty, of others' failure to us; in everyday wants, or in 
the aching of sickness, or the decay of age; in disappoint- 
ment, bereavement, losses, injuries, reproaches; in heavi- 
ness of the heart, or its sickness amid delayed hopes. — E. 
B. Pusey. 

One school eliminates science, another grammar, an- 
other Latin, another this, another that — for we just must 
have more time for necessary fads and essential nonsense. — 
The Religious Telescope. 



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SUNS 
WHITE GIFT 
OrPEEINa TO 



THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



I. D. SLOTTEB 

Tieasuiex, 

Ashland, Oblo 



73; 2 



Devotaonal Reading. 

Lesson Material. — Luke 16:19-31. 

Reference Material. — Psa. 49.6-20; 
Cor. S: 1-9: 15; 1 Tim. 6:17-19. 

Golden Text. — Charge them that are rich in 
this world, that they be not high minded, nor 
have their hope set on the uncertainty oi' 
riches, but on God, who giveth us richly all 
things to enjoy. — 1 Tim. 6:17. 

Daily Home Bible Readin'gs 

M. The rich man and Lazarus, Luke 16:19-31 
T. Foolish trust in riches, . . . Psabn 49:6-13 
W. The danger of riches, .. Matt. 19.16-22 

T. Winning true riches, Matt. 19:23-30 

F. The true riches, Eph. 3:1-13 

S. Praying for the true riches, Eph. 3:14-21 
S. Resting on God's faithfulness. 

Psalm .37:1-9 

Thoughts on the Lesson 
This is an age of seeking after wealth, ami 
not only of seeking, but of accumulation. 
There are more rich and more very rich peo- 
ple in this age than in any age of history. 
Such an age needs our Lord's warning 
against the danger of wealth. And those who 
are the prophets of God will serve his cause 
more truly by proclaiming that warning than 
by marshalling all the trumped-up defenses 
of wealth that unidealistie economists have 
been able to grind out. 

Not Wealth but the Manner of Getting 
Our Lord takes no antagonistic attitude to- 
ward wealth, nor does he condemn the getting 
of wealth, if it is gotten rightly. Few men 
get their wealth, however, according to poli- 
cies that are strictly in harmony with the 
teachings of Jesus Christ, and many who fail 
to get wealth violate those teachings just as 
iiagrantly. But the temptations are much tho 
greater in the path of the one who is succeed- 
ing, and often his success is due to resorting 
to measures that are not strictly moral, and 
which men of keener conscience have resisted 
to their financial loss. Nevertheless we must 
be true and fair and acknowledge that God 
has given to some men the talent of amassing 
wealth, as he has gi-ircn to others talents of 
intellectual attainment, or leadership or art. 
And we should respect the man who has made 
the largest use of his financial genius accord- 
ing to Christian principles, as we respect the 
man who rightly uses his gifts for scientific 
inquiry, or noble political leadership or the 
ministry of the Word. 

But the use of Wealth 
is the big question with which our Lord was 
concerned. One may be ever so conscientious 
in getting wealth, or he may inherit it, but 
if he uses it selfishly he needs to take heed 



The Rich Man and Lazarus 

By George S. Baer 

{Sunday School Lesson for January 28) 

Psalm 37:1-9. 



of the Master's warning. The miser, the spend- 
thrift, the money-worshipper, all have failed 
to realize the truest and highest aim of life, 
and so have not acquired for themselves that 
truest wealth that alone can be possessed be- 
yond the river of death. Jesus said, "A 
man 's life consisteth not in the abundance of 
the things he possesseth, ' ' but the man whose 
sole thought and energy is spent on money 
getting acts as if he thought a man's pos- 
sessions determined his true wealth and worth 
in life. He does not realize that "a man 's 
just w'hat his heart makes him," in this life 
and in the next. Character "gives aim and 
direction to the whole of life. " " Men do not 
always reach their goal in earthly things, but 
in the moral world each man goes to his ' ov,ti 
place, ' the place he himself has chosen and 
sought; he is the arbiter of his own destiny." 
A man cannot afford to be miserly, or seMsh, 



or unsympathetic, or ungenerous with the 
substance which God has given him, whether 
it be little or much, since his eternal destiny 
hangs on its use. ' ' When the rich- man for- 
got his duties to humanity; when he banished 
God from his mansion and proscribed mercy 
from his thoughts; when he left heaven's 
foundling to the dogs, he was wi-iting out his 
book of doom, passing sentence upon him- 
self. ' ' He made himself to become an outcast 
from heaven's portals by casting 'himself out. 
And his choice was irrevocable. 

The Contrast 

in this parable is most striking. Some one 
has said it is a contrast between a "poor rich 
man and a rich poor man. " It is a contrast 
between two men, one who starved his soul 
while he feasted his body, and one whose body 
was starved while his soul was feasting on 
heavenly manna. Neither condition is essen- 
tial nor ideal, but they demonstrate that what 
a man makes of his life is not necessarily 
dependent on his surroundings. A noble soul 
may grow in the most unlikely place, and the 
basest ingrate may abide in stately portals. 



White Gift Offerings 



THIRD REPORT 

Following are the contributions received 
January 8-13, inclusive: 

College Corner, S. S., Wabash, Ind., .$ 11.65 
Aaron Showalter, Adrian, Mo., .... 5.00 

Lanark, Illinois, 60.00 

SterUng, Ohio, 25.00 

(Previously reported, $12.76; total, $37.76). 

Limestone, Tenn., 

Highland S. S., Marianna, Pa.. . . . 

Mexico, Indiana, 

Muncie, Indiana, 

Waterloo, Iowa, 

Bethlehem S. S., Harrisonburg, Va. 

Flora, Indiana, 

S. S., Maurertown, Va., 

Denver, Indiana, 

Maple Grove S. S., Eaton, Ind., .... 
J. W. Beer, Nickerson, Kans., .... 
Springfield Center S. 8., Ellet, O., . . 
Milledo-ev'lle, Illinois, 



interesting and encouraging for weeks yet to 
come. IRA D. BLOTTER, Treasurer. 

44 West Third Street, Ashland, Ohio. 



When a civil law settles a question it gen- 
erally leaves a rancor behind, but when men 
settle their questions in the love of Christ 
they are brothers still. — Selected. 



13.95 

31.00 

68.41 

35.72 

207.58 

27.00 

53.07 

39.54 

25.23 

3.10 

5.00 

12.30 

61.77 



Total $ 685.32 

Previously reported, 1.381.44 



Grand total to date. $2,066.76 

New gifts and increases continue. Of the 
above contributions $81.18 came from sources 
not found on last year's records, and an in- 
crease of $135.15 from former contributors. If 
indications are reliable, one-half the reports 
are recorded, and since the two-thousand dol- 
lar "mark" has been passed, prospects are 
good for reaching our goal. No gifts have yet 
been received from one conference district, 
and inasmuch as we have learned in a round- 
about way that the largest of them all is still 
forthcoming, ftese reports prgijligei to- .be both. 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



PAGE 11 



J. A. Garber 

PRESIDENT 



Our Young People at Work 



Melvin Stuckey 

SECRETARY 



More Christian Endeavor Week Suggestions 



Interest, we believe, is deepening in the an- 
nounced celebration. The following quotation 
from a recent letter may be typical of this 
growing interest: 

Coliunbus celebration 

' ' The Christian Endeavor of the First 
Brethren church of Columbus, Ohio will cele- 
brate Christian Endeavor Week. It is the de- 
sire of the local society to give as much em- 
phasis as possible to our denominational work, 
especially on January 28th, Denominational 
Day. * * * It is our plan to have a big open 
meeting on that occasion. ' ' 

We have advised the correspondent, Mr. V. 
D. Campbell, to base the program on the reg- 
ular topic, supplemented with articles appear- 
ing on this page. Among others three may be 
noted. 1. Why, as a Young Man, I Prize my 
Membership in the Brethren Church. 2. Why, 
as a Young Woman, etc. 3. Why, as a 
Young Woman, I Dedicated my Life to the 
Missionary Service of the Church. The last 
is to be written by Miss Florence Bickle who 
will then be en route to the African field via 
Paris. 

Society Institute 

Societies will find it profitable to conduct 
an institute for the strengthening of its work. 
The program outlined below is adapted from 
three evening sessions held in connection with 
the Le'high County (Pa.) Convention last Oc- 
tober. The energetic president of this ag- 
gi-essive union is our Brother C. E. Kolb, pas- 
tor at Allentown. His message is being re- 
printed from ' ' The Trumpet, ' ' the county or- 
gan. By substituting the term "church" for 
"county" in the last paragraph the message 
forms an appropriate address to our End^a- 
vorers. 
FIRST EVENING THEME: The Society 

Generally 

Its History: Origin, Development, Progress. 

Its Principles: Motto, The Pledge. 

Its Methods: Societies, Meetings, Unions, 
Conventions. 

SECOND EVENING THEME: The Offio'rs 
Efficiently 

Officers Eequired. President, Vice President, 
Secretary, etc. 

Their Qualifications: Native Ability, Traiii- 
ing. Consecration. 

Their Relations: Church, Conimitteos, Un- 
ions. 

THIRD EVENING THEME: The Endeavor- 
ers Personally 
Spiritualy: Prayer, Bible Study, Testimony. 
Socially: Entertainment, Play, Recreation, 

Fellowship. 
Service: Evangelism, Life Work, Stfward- 

sMp. 
These program suggestions may be en- 
larged or reduced to meet local needs. The 
institute may be held on three different even- 
ings or, perhaps, crowded into a single even- 



ing with certain abbreviations. Time should 
be allo%ved for appropriate music. Useful 
helps will be found in Expert Endeavor and 
the Handbook distributed by our National 
Officers. A copy of the latter ought to bo in 
the posession of some one in your society. 

J. A. GARBER. 



God's Call For Men 

By Eev. C. E. Kolb, President Lehigh Coiuity 
Pennsylvania C. E. Union 

Throug'hout the ages God has been laying his 
hand upon men and calling them to 'perform 
his work. The Bible is a record of God 's en- 
deavor in this regard, and man's response to 
God 's appeal. It tells the story of som(! men 
who willfully rejected God's plan of work for 
their lives and of the disastrous results. It 
also tells the story of men who willingly per- 
formed the work which God had for them to 
do in this world and of the happiness of such 
individuals. We remember the story of the 
prophet Samuel confronting King Sau! with 
his sin. The man of God said. "The Lord 
hath sought him a man after his own heart," 
and the Lord is still seeking for men suffi- 
ciently like himself that they will attempt iKi 
do the Lord's work in the world. 

There are many men who are willing to do 
the Lord's work, provided they do not have 
to be too strongly attached unto and like the 
Lord himself. But such kind of workmen the 
Lord never can use. Do not think. Christian 
Endeavorers, that because you are engaged 
in a good work that therefore the Lord is 
pleased with you. The first pre-requisite of 
God's servant must be that he will be "after 
HIS OWN heart. ' ' Without the heart being 
right with God, all work in his name is tire- 
some, a great burden and vexation, and such 
a person usually attempts to do as little as 
possible. It is such who are the great prob- 
lem of all church work. With the heart right 
with God, even though the duties be arduous, 
there is no desire to do less, but rather more 
of his work, and it is all a great joy that th(.-y 
are counted among the servants of the Lord. 

Do you find the work of your office or your 
committee a task to be shunned? Do you feel 
inclined to resign and quit before you are 
through with your work? Do you say to 
your pastor, "Please find someone else?" Is 
your work distasteful, causing you to fret and 
be annoyed? Remember, Endeavorers, God's 
work must be done; and if you will not do it 
the way he wishes or in the rig'ht spirit, he 
will seek for someone else to do his work. On 
the other hand, if you are willing to confor.n 
your life to God's, and have his work become 
yours, there will always be a place for you, 
not only in the Lord's work, but also in the 
Lord's heart. If your heart is true to God, 
God will be true to you and personally re- 
ward you right now, during the carrying on 
of his work, with peace and great joy, and 



will cause every arduous task to become a de- 
light in your life. 

Lehigh Christian Endeavorers, God is call- 
ing for true men in this section of his work- 
shop. If you and I are willing to have the 
mind of Christ within us, if we are willing to 
think as Jesus would think were he here in 
the world in the flesh, as he once was; if we 
are willing to conform our hearts unto his 
heart, then, and only then, will the future ac- 
tivities of Christian Endeavor in our county 
be successful. Presidents, hear me: Let us be 
what God wants us to be, and then we can 
most certainly do what God wants us to do. 
One hundred per cent of our problems will 
vanish the instant we become "a man after 
God's own heart." My earnest desire and 
prayer to God is that every worker in Chris- 
tian Endeavor in our county shall become 
first the child and then the servant of the 
Lord. 



rOR THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE 
An Indoor Camping Party 

Ask the girls to wear middy blouses and 
the boys khaki if they desire. Each one is 
asked to bring a botx of marshmallows. 

Cover the floor, the basement of the church, 
or the social room with clean, dry leaves, and 
decorate the room with green boughs. Light 
the room with lanterns and candles. Arrange 
a ' ' camp fire ' ' in the center, and play 
"Simon Says Thumbs Up," "Buzz," "Hide 
the Handkerchief," or any of the old-time 
games around it to open the party. A camp 
lire can be made of boughs and branches, 
with an electric light covered with red paper 
hidden underneath. 

For the next game announce a hunt. At 
one end of the room stretch a sheet of green 
cloth, and on it pin pictures of all sorts of 
birds and animals which may be cut from the 
magazines. The weapon is an air gun, the 
missle a small dart, and each guest is permit- 
ted to choose the animal at which he or she 
desires to shoot. Each animal represents a 
number of score marks, printed on the back 
of the card. The guests shooting at large 
game,' such as an elephant, expect to gain a 
large score, but they find that the elephant 
counted but one, while the sparrow is good 
for twenty-five points, etc. The one gaining 
the largest score is called ' ' The Great Hunter 
of the Camp." 

Fishing is next in order. The girls only 
are allowed to fish. Boxes of marshmallows 
are previously colleeted, and the boys' names 
written on them. A large washtub is covered 
with a large piece of cardboard, in the center 
of which is a hole just large enough to pass 
the hand through. Each girl reaches through 
and gets a box of marshmallows. Each then 
finds her partner (the one whose name is writ- 
ten on the box) and all then repair to the 
yard back of the church, where a large wood 
fire is found, and the rest of the evening is 
devoted to toasting marshmallows. While 
stories are told about the fire. — ^Adapted by A. 
B. Kendall. 





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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 


JANUARY 17, 1923 


Bend Home Missionary Fands to 
WItlJCAM A. GHAniTART. 
Home Missionary 8eer«tary. 

JOS American Bldg-^ Dayton. Ohio 


MISSIONS 


Send Forelirn Mlsalon B'unds to 

LOUIS B. BAUMAV. 

Vtauinctal Secretary S'orelSM Board, 

1330 B. Third BU LKingr Beach. California 



Ou December 8th it was my pleasure to re- 
ceive the incorporation papers for our For- 
eign Missionary Society for which we have 
been waiting for two years and a half be- 
cause of the neglect of the former president 
to sign his najne to this and thousands of 
other documents which were similarly delayed 
to the great loss of those interested. The 
new president is beginning well and we trust 
that 'he may continue so. 

While in Buenos Aires to get these papers 
I conducted another communion service in our 
mission which was thoroughly enjoyed by 
all. We have a fine group of young people 
now in the mission and three of the young 
men are capable of giving good public ad- 
dresses. One of these only recently began to 
attend and is so enthusiastic over our gospel 
fidelity in observing the communion that he 
is making a great deal of propaganda for the 
church. Brethren Anton, and Eomanenghi are 
making good records in the seminary and now 
during the vacation will have more time for 
the mission work. The owner of the house 
has raised the rent and it is a question 
\Vhether we should pay the increase or buy a 
lot and build. The latter will be best pro- 
vided we can secure the money to do stf. 

Our brethren with the Bible auto have been 
doing splendid work. In every town they have 
visited they left a group of believers. The 
summer rains make it impossible to travel 
much now, but they have all they can do to 
care for the work in the three neighboring 
towns of Alejandro, Los Cisnes and Carlota. 
In Alejandro t'hey have labored a month and 
have a number of candidates for baptism aud 
about fifty children in the Sunday school. We 
have an opportunity to rent a fine hall cheap- 
ly and also to buy a very suitable lot very 
cheap, but we have no one as yet to take care 
of the work when they move on to other 
towns. If we had hali a dozen consecrated 
young school teachers they could easily earn 
their living with private schools and at the 
same time conduct Sunday schools, do visit- 
ing and have a place for preaching when op- 
portunity affords. The chief difficulty is that 
on account of the low state of morals it i.s 
not generally expedient for either young men 
or young women to work alone, although a 
strong minded and truly consecrated young 
man or young woman could do so. To my 
mind this is one of the most effective ways 
of working and with least expense to the 
church. We will be glad to correspond with 
anyone who wishes to inquire further. 

In Cabrera Brother Adolfo Zeche is stead- 
ily winning the confidence and affection of 
the people. With the help of several local 
school teachers he is preparing a Christmas 
program. The hall has been enlarged by re- 
moving a wall between it and an adjoining 
room and now is a very nice hall indeed. We 
have a public library in connection with the 
work there also and it is being well patron- 
ized. 

In Laboulaye the interest keeps up and the 
work goes forward. Visits have been made to 
several neighboring towns, but we do not have 
rented halls in any of them as yet. We 
should buy a lot in Laboulaye and bulla a 
suitable church as the town is going to be of 
great importance. 

In Rio Cuarto we are holding meetings 
every night in preparation for baptism and 



Rio Cuarto, Argentina 

1:he Lord's Supper and expect to organize the 
church on January 1st. AVe have suffered 
much here from wolves in sheep's clothing 
but we have also much to encourage us. The 
attendance at Sunday school seldom drops be- 
low 100 and we might have a number of 
branch schools if we had workers to care for 
them. 

Brother and Sister Boardman are well liked 
by the people and are getting a good start 



with the language. Our children are now at 
home for their vacation and are helping in 
nianj' ways in the work. We are preparing a 
Christmas pageant and hope to follow with 
several weeks of Bible studies for our pas- 
tors and helpers. 

All these activities call for much prayer not 
only here but also among our dear fellow 
workers in the homeland. May God bless you 
all. C. r. YODEE. 




A Bible for the Blind 

This picture shows a Bible for the blind 
printed in American Braille by the American 
Bible Society. It requires 19 volumes, weighs 
150 pounds, and costs $75 to produce. 

The small volume held by the young lady 
contains a number of selected passages, such 
as the twenty-third Psalm, the fourteenth of 
St. John, the thirteenth of I Corinthians. It 
is available in New York Point and Revised 
Braille. It weighs only one pound, is small 
enough to be put into a man's overcoat 
pocket and sells at a very small price. It 
is published by the American Bible Society 
and is the first such volume ever produced. 
The blind,, as a rule, cannot meet the expense 
of these books, even when offered at cost. 
The Society depends upon the gifts of Chris- 
tian people to make possible this service of 
love. For further information write the 
American Bible Society, Bible House, Astor 
Place, New York, N. Y. 



Not Easy 

It is not always easy — 
To apologize. 
To begin over. 
To admit error. 
To take advice. 
To be unselfish. 
To face a sneer. 
To be charitable. 
To be considerate. 
To avoid mistakes. 
To endure success. 
To keep on trying. 
To be broad-minded. 
To forgive and forget. 
To profit by mistakes. 
To think and then act. 
To keep out of the rut. 
To make the best of little. 
To shoulder deser%'ed blame. 
To maintain a high standard. 
To recognize the silver lining. 
But it always pays.^Bough Notes. 



One-Minute Mission Talk 

The anointing for ser-vice is not only upon 
our glorious Head, but upon every member of 
the Body, do-wn to the hem of the garment 
(see 1 Cor. 12:13; Ps. 133:2). 

"The broken hearted . . -the captives . . . 
the prisoners, ' ' yes, they are stiU waiting for 
your ministry. Millions are crushed beneath 
the iron heel of heathenism, without hope for 
this world or the nest. The heart is hungry 
for God, w'hether it beats beneath a black or 
yellow or white skin, and it must have some- 
thing to worship; but because the Christian 
church has neglected its work, the Hindu 
mother easts her child to the crocodiles, crav- 
ing the favor of demon powers. The African 
knows little save fear, and endures a living 
death in the bonds of terror, for his whole 
environment is alive with evil spirits. And 
so with all lands that have not heard of Christ 
and his warm, wonderful, Divine love. — The S. 
S. Times. 



JANUARY 17, 1923 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



PAGE 13 



NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



ELKHART, INDIANA 

As it has been souie tiuie since the church at 
this place has made any report through our 
valuable and much appreciated paper, I will 
try at this time to drop you a few items of 
interest. 

On December 25th, we had a very spiritual 
sermon by our pastor, Brother W. I. Duker. 
After the sermon Sister Florence Bickel was 
ordained to the ministry. Eev. Duker was 
assisted in the ordination service by Eev. B. 
S. Stofi'er, a former pastor of the church, and 
Brother George Pontius of Ashland, Ohio. The 
evening service was given over to the Sun- 
day school and a very fine program was ren- 
dered. The house was filled to overflowing. 
Many were turned away for the want of 
room. The White Gifts were placed in the 
manger by a representative from each class. 
Each one asking the Master to accept the 
gifts and bless the givers. There were gifts 
of substance, gifts of service and gifts of 
self. These gifts were all brought forward at 
the close of the pageant. One fine young lady 
eame from the audience and consecrated her- 
self to the service of her Christ. 

This was considered the best program over 
rendered in the church. Much credit was due 
to the leader. Sister Cantwell for her patience 
and efforts. The oifering amounted to $85.00 
w'hich we considered very fine indeed. 

A very fine and impressive service was hold 
the first Sunday morning of the new year. 
Brother Duker preached as he generally does, 
a very fine sermon, to an overflowing congre- 
gation. After the sermon Brother George Pon- 
tius was ordained to the ministry. Brother 
Duker officiating, assisted by Sister Florence 
Bickel, Brother Pontius the father of George, 
and Brother W. G. Hall and the writer. At 
this service a fine young boj' accepted Jesus 
as his Savior. 

Yes, Brother Editor the Elkhart Sunday 
school will accept the Warsaw challenge. It 
looks as though Elkhurt will have to soon 
build a larger church which is very much 
needed. Yours in his Name, 

C. E. STBPHEY. 



HITTING THE TRAIL 

Our work at Morrison Gove ended at Mar- 
tinsburg, Pennsylvania, December 10, 1922. 
For eleven weeks embracing twelve Sundays, 
we labored among our people in the Cove. 

In all four churches we have never found 
a more loyal and whole-souled people. As we 
have reported all of the meetings with the 
eocception of Martinsburg we will confine this 
report to a survey of the last meeting. 

Martinsburg is a fine village with a small 
number of inhabitants and h ehurehes. We 
began with one desire and that to firmly es- 
tablish the people in the Word of God and 
in the great fundamentals of the faith. We 
are finding everywhere a departing from the 
faith and the people having a tendency to fol- 
low false teachers. May God deliver our little 
band from these kind of prophets. 

To preach at Martinsburg is a delight. The 
people are good listeners. Brother Hall, you 
have a fine bunch of folks. I congratulate 
you and them for the work being accom- 
plished. The meeting itself has been reported. 
and I cannot add more unless it would be to 
say that the people there should be able in 
the near future to do Si,iiie moi'e definite work 
for the Master. They need a larger build- 
ing and feel that ere long something will be 
done. 

Our home was with Brother and Sister Ever- 
sole and indeed we had a wonderful placeL No 
preacher who goes to Morrison Cove will ever 
want for places to stay. Everybody is so 
kind and does anything and everything for the 
oowfort of the evangelist. 



I must speak a word about the Morrison 
Cove Vocational School. We are proud of its 
achievements. It was the dreani of one of 
Ashland College's boys, the late lamented 
Prof. Edward Byers. This man of vision, this 
man of faith, with a love for the people of 
the Cove, made untold sacrifices. We visited 
him in the early days of its existence. We 
saw some of the struggles of this good man 
and his devoted wife. His life was sweet and 
beautiful. The school stands on a hill over- 
looking Martinsburg, and is a mute testimony 
to one of our college's native sous. At the 
present time, the school is in charge of Profi 
Alonzo Byers, another of our Ashland College 
boys, and Mrs. Edward Byers, the widow, and 
a splendid faculty. We hope for greater 
things in the future. 

Through the courtesies of Brother Dillings 
we were privileged to vis^u the Juanita Col- 
lege and State Reformatory — both wonderful 
institutions. God bless Morrison Cove and 
her people. 

A few days were spent at Eaystowu, preach- 
ing three nights. We expect to hold a three 
weeks' meeting there in May, if the Lord tar- 
ries. The Christmas season was spent at Al- 
lentown with relatives. We were glad and 
happy to be reunited for a brief season with 
our loved ones. We attended services and lis- 
tened to Brother C. E. Kolb while there. He 
is some preacher and we should feel justly 
proud of him. We are now in our first meet- 
ing of the new year in Johnstown, Pennsyl- 
vania, in the second church, and we are mak- 
ing our home with mother and sister — the first 
time for many years that I have been privi- 
leged to be home for so long a period. 

I will report more later. May we ever be 
faithful to him is onr prayer. 

A. E. THOMAS, 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 



MOUNT PLEASANT, PENNSYLVANIA 

The organization of the First Brethren 
church at this place, is firmly established upon 
the "Rock Christ Jesus", and refused to be 
tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. 
Quite a while ago one of our faithful stand- 
bys was advised that, Mt. Pleasant has too 
many churches, that there should be but one, 
to which the brother replied, "Just so," and 
the one on Shupc street, is the one church for 
me. 

Our fall communion service was well at- 
tended at which our faithful elder H. Smith 
Meyers officiated. With such loyal help, as 
well as a united number of others interested 
in the work, success must follow. You have 
heard from some of our able evangelists that, 
this is the hardest field in the brothei'hood, 
yet, we are glad to report the addition, the 
last day of the old year, by baptism, of three 
precious souls, that of husband and wife and 
a young lady. 

The present pastor has received a unanimous 
call for the tenth year. 

W. A. CROFFORD. 



WORK OUTSIDE OF THE OOLIEGE BUR- 
SAR'S OFFICE 

Since my last contribution to these columns, 
I have been doing what I could to help the 
Brethren at Middlebranch, thoug'h I fear some- 
times that the help I give is not very much 
after all. At best, I get over there only for 
services on alternate Sundays, and have little 
or no time for pastoral work. However, the 
Brethren are both patient and seem appre- 
ciative of the effort made, and thus I have 
consented, at their request, to go on with the 
work for another year, or until a more satis- 
factory arrangement can be made. At the an- 



nual business meeting of the congregation, 
held early in December plans were laid for the 
work of the year ahead, and we are hoping to 
see good done. A short evangelistic cam- 
paign is planned for early spring, to be fol- 
lowed by a communion servico, and so far as 
I can now foresee, it will be a campaign of 
intensive pastoral and evangelistic character, 
from which we are expecting good results. 

On October S, it was my privilege to begin 
a two weeks ' effort with Brother Lytic, in the 
Burlington church. I had been there for ten 
days, just a year eai'lier, and so the return 
was something in the nature of a visit wirh 
home folks. Brother Lytle is a great yoke, 
fellow, and a most delightful man to work 
with, and his people are among the very best 
in the land. This is a church in which there 
are sufliicient leaders, who with the pastor 
such as they have, can maie the work go, and 
all the more so, because it is a work for God, 
and one on which they can ask his blessing, 
with a fuU assurance that it will be given. 
I felt when the last night came, that we were 
closing too soon, for with a church filled to 
capacity with what appeared to be eager lis- 
teners, it seemed like a pity to stop, but it 
could not be helped. Even as it was, I came 
away with a feeling that the church had been 
helped, even if the number of additions was 
not so large as I had hoped for. I believe 
that a meeting of this length, is nearly al- 
ways too short, but even with the help I have 
here in the office, I can never be away longer. 
The first week of each month, is the time to 
pay all outside bills, and the last week of the 
month, is pav week for the teachers, so I must 
be on the job. 

On December 17, it was my privilege to be- 
gin another meeting, — this time at Gratis, 
where I had gone as a pastor^ only a little 
less than thirty years ago. It had been one 
of the most pleasant pastorates I have ever 
held, and the one from which I had gone to 
take up my first eight years ' work on the 
Pacific Coast. I have been there often since, 
but practicaly every time it was a call to say 
the last solemn word over the form of some 
departed friend and brother, so iny going this 
time, was of a nature which would enable me 
to live over again, the scenes and experiences 
of an earlier ministry there. On account of 
the Christmas vacation in the college, it was 
possible also for me to spend three weeks 
there, which, while it covered the holiday sea- 
son, gave a better opportunity to get results. 
There was the usual uncertainty of winter 
weather conditions too, but the Lord was with 
us, and both pastor, Brother Brumbaugh, and 
the people, expressed themselves as being sat- 
isfied with the results achieved. To many of 
my readers, it is known that I am quite at 
home in what is known as the Miami Valley, 
for twelve years of my ministry were spent 
there, but no part of it is more home to me 
than Gratis. I owe a lasting debt of grati- 
tude to Brother Brumbaugh, the pastor, and 
to his splendid people, for all their kindness. 
There is one serious disadvantage in holding a 
meeting under such conditions as I faced 
there, — the friendship of years gone by, 
grown more tender by the very time thej' 
have lasted, bring upon one such expressions 
of interest in his personal welfare, that he is 
in danger of being crmshed by the kindness 
which is poured upon him, but the experience 
will be a delightful memory, in a w-orld which 
is all too self-centered. For all the expres- 
sions of love which have been showered upon 
me, as I go about in an effort to make my 
contribution toward the world's good, as I 
try to represent my Master among men, I can 
only say, ' ' Thank you, ' ' though the words 
but feebly express what I feel. 

M ARTIN SHIVELY, 

Ashland, Ohio. 



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JANUARY 17, 1923 



PLEASANT GROVE, IOWA 

The church at this place held a business 
meeting the last of December. All business 
matters were disposed of with a good feeling 
among all the members present. The matter 
of trying to secure a minister was talked of, 
and it was decided that the writer should ex- 
tend an invitation through the columns of the 
Evangelist to any minister who would care to 
consider taking up this work as pastor to 
write to the undersigned. We are anxious 
that at least by Conference time we may be 
able to secure some one to take iip this work. 
We have a good, live Sunday school with an 
average attendance of about 35, and we are 
sure that if we had preaching services that 
the attendance would increase. Brethren and 
Sisters, all pray that God will send I'ust the 
right one to us. Yours for the Master, 

MRS. LUELLA BELL, 
North. Englisn, Iowa. 



NEW PARIS, INDIANA 

It has been some time since you received a 
report from New Paris, but our work has been 
going on progressively. 

The first of October we had a reception for 
our retiring minister, W. I. Duker, who la- 



bored with us faithfully for three years and 
also for our new minister, J. W. Brewer, who 
came to us from Peru. He has already proved 
himself efficient as he has awakened the town 
in general with his Biblical sermons, and he 
comes to us' each Sunday with a more impres- 
sive sermon than the last one. 

We 'held our tirst business meeting/the first 
Tuesday in January and we had a very inter- 
esting meeting. At present we are getting 
ready for our evangelistic campaign, and we 
hope for great results. Our Missionary So- 
ciety is a wide-awake organization. Since 
Rev. Brewer came to us we have had two ad- 
ditions to our church. We feel we have an 
e^'angelist in the pulpit every Sunday. Our 
problems sometimes become complicated, but 
with the Lord's help, we are able to solve 
them. The Bible is the only sure foundation 
on which to build our Uves. Wishing you all 
a prosperous New Year, I am, 

Respectfully yours, 
MRS. O. O. MILLER, 
Corrsponding Secretary. 



MISSIONARY TENDERED FAREWELL 

Miss Folrenee Bickel, daughter of Mr^ and 
Mrs. Ephraini Bickel of 1017 Center street, 
who will leave Elkhart next Wednesday for 
New York, from where she will sail for Africa 
to do missionary work, was a guest of honor 
at a picnic supper given at the First Breth- 
ren church last evening by the Woman 's Mis- 
sionary society and the Sisterhood Girls. Cov- 
ers were laid for 75 people. Miss Irene My- 
ers presided, and talks were given by Mrs. 
Mary Steward, Mrs. George Pontius, Mrs. Will 
Hall and Mrs. Fred Baugher. Miss Bickel 
briefly outlined the work she expects to fol- 
low in the foreign fi.elds and for which she 
has been preparing the last four or five years, 
having recently completed a course in nursing 
at the Elkhart General hospital. She has also 
taken special Bible study. Fern Baugher and 
Pauline Gripe favored the guests with a piano 
duet, and members of the sisterhood presented 
two short playlets, which evoked repeated ap- 
plause. At the conclusion of the program Mis.o 
Bickel was presented a purse containing $38. 
— Clipping from Elkhart, Indiana paper, sent 
by C. E. Stefeey. 



THANKSGIVING OFFERING FOR HOME MISSIONS (Partial Report) 

The following report includes all receipts reaching our office between November 15th and January Ist 



M $ 



Cyrus Snyder, Aleppo, Pa., 

A Member, Bellefontaine, O., 

James Crockett, McClure, O., 

Mrs. Sarah Eaush, Union City, Mich., 

Mrs. Eliza Smith, Pittsburgh, Pa., M 

Mr. & Mrs. L. B. Smith, Beattyville, Ky., M 

Lydia Hites, West Salem, O., M 

Mary A. Snyder, Glover Gap, W. Va., M 

Mrs. H. S. Enslow, Ottawa, Kans., 

Mr. & Mrs. H. B Lehman, Glendale, Ariz., ...M 

R. R. Boon, Durham, Calif., M 

Nellie B. Moseley, Waterloo, Iowa, M 

Mrs. Effie Kemerly, Pioneer, O., 

Alfretta E. Thacher, Brockton, Mass., M 

Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Ormsby, Oswego, Ind., . . . M 

W. M. S., Carleton, Nebr., M 

Mr. & Mrs. R. D. Martin, Pioneer, O., M 

Mr. & Mrs. Emanuel Grise, Damascus, O., M 

S. Elizabeth Gnagey, Oak Park, 111., M 

Brethren Church. Dayton, 0„ (Partial report) M 

G. W. Brumbaugh, M 

Dr. J. M. Wine, M 

Mrs. J. M. Wine, M 

Elizabeth Campbell, M 

Wm. A. Gearhart and Family, M 

W. S. Bell and Family, M 

Earl Phillips, M 

Ruth Phillips, M 

E. F. Klepinger & Family, M 

Blanche E. Hamburger & Daughter, M 

Mr. & Mrs. D. W. Klepinger, M 

Home Builders Bible Class, M 

Perry Bowman, M 

Louetta Wogoman, M 

Mr. & Mrs. Roy H. Kinsey, M 

Mr. & Mrs. Marcus Koons, M 

Mr. & Mrs. P. M. Klepinger, M 

Mr. & Mrs A. Magnuson, M 

Lewis Forsyth, M 

Mrs. M. J. Beeghly, M 

M. W. Ridenour, M 

Mr. & Mrs. C. G. Delk, M 

Mr. & Mrs. E. W. Longnecker, M 

Brethren Church & S. S., Roann, Ind.., 

Harve Pottinger, M 

Harley Black & Family, M 

Junior Choir, M 

Junior Dept. S. S., M 

Esta Goltry, M 

Mrs. Chas. Bush, M 

Mrs. Sarah Teague, M 

Mrs. Monroe Jones M 



General 


Kentucky 


Fund 


Fund 


10.00 


$ 


7.00 




2.00 




2.00 




2.50 


2.50 


10.00 




5.00 




10.00 




1.00 




55.00 




5.00 


5.00 


5.00 




1.00 




5.00 




5.00 




10.00 






10.00 




5.00 


5.00 


10.00 


48.81 




5.00 




10.00 




5.00 




5.00 




25.00 




10.00 




2.50 


2.50 


2.50 


2.50 


5.00 






10.00 


5.00 




26.80 




25.00 


25.00 


5.00 




5.00 


5.00 


5.00 




5.00 




5.00 




2.50 


2.50 


5.00 




5.00 






5.00 


5.00 


5.00 


30.50 


175.34 


Am'ts. not listed 


as per 


request) 



Monroe Jones, M 

Miss Arlene Needham, M 

Miss Mary Elizabeth Humberd, M 

Miss Helen Titus, M 

Louis Baker, M 

Miss Helen Baker, M 

Elza Baker, M 

Mrs. Elza Baker, M 

C. M. Yocum, M 

Miss Mabel Shillingor, M 

Miss Ruth Flmn, M 

Guy Purdy, M 

Birdie Leslie, M 

Br. Ch., Waterloo, Iowa, $ 62.37 

Miss Mary Horner, M 5.00 

Mrs. Ida Lichty, M 5.00 

Miss Edna Lichty, M 5.00 

Mrs. Albert Laudrey, Sidney, O., M 5.00 

J. S. C. Spickernian, Mary viUe, Mo., M 10.00 

Mrs. John A. Meyers, Williamsburg, Iowa, . . . .M 

Mr. & Mrs. Amos Fudge, W. Alexandria, 0.,..M 5.00 

Brethren Church, Krypton, Kentucky, 

Mrs. G. C. Brumbaugh, Hill City, Kans., M 2.50 

Mrs. E. B. Gould, Harrah, Washington, M 5.00 

Mrs. Robert Boring, Thornville, O., M 2.50 

Mrs. Ira Blough, Somerset, Pa., M 5.00 

Mrs. Ethel L. Flory, Trotwood, O., 1.00 

Mrs. L. J. Parks, Saranac, Mich., 1.00 

Mrs. Magdalene AVhite, Lyndon, O., 1.00 

Mrs. E. C. Mercer, Partridge, Kans., M 5.00 

Joseph D. Wilson, Trenton, N. J., M 5.00 

Merrill H. Gingrich, McAllister, Pa., 2.00 

John H. Siders, Astoria, 111., 1.00 

H. S. Myers, Scottdale, Pa., M 5.00 

Br Church, Listie, Pa., 20.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Wolfe, Stockton, Calif., M 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. A. WiU, Eockwood, Pa., M 5.00 

Alma Johnston, Corning, Iowa, M 5.00 

Kate .Johnston, Corning, Iowa, M 5.00 

A Brother and Sister, Lake Odessa, Mich., . . 2.00 

Aaron Showalter, Adrian, Mo., M 10.00 

Brethren Church, Tiosa, Indiana, M 13.71 

Mrs. Alice C. Leedy, Sandusky, O.^ 1.00 

Walton Eversole, Krypton, Ky., 

Mrs. Barbara Musser, Nappanee, Ind., M 5.00 

Mary C. Inboden, Logan, O., 1.00 

Adda Inboden, Logan, O., , 1.00 

Miriam Inboden, Logan, O., 1.00 

Mrs. D. J. Myers, Spencer, O., 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. C. Hostetler, Oakland, Md., .. .M 5.00 

B. H. Baxter, Mexico, Pa., 1.00 

Etta Studebaker, Mulberry Grove, 111 M 5.00 

W. M. S., Fair Haven, O., M 5.00 

Br. Ch., Fair Haven, O., 21.50 

Mrs. Elizabeth Hawver, Tipp. City, O., 1.00 



5.00 

13.00 
2.50 

2.50 



13.71 
15.00 



5.00 



JANUARY 17, 1923 



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PAUii 



Irs. Millie ClifEord, Hagerty, Tipp. City, O., 

Lmanda Walter, Lakeville, lud., M 

Ir. & Mrs. W. C. Perry, Grand Bay, Ala., . . . 

Ir. & Mrs. C Stray er, Norton, Kans., M 

i.nna E. Grubb, Ashland, O., M 

irs. S. M. Jarrett, Victorville, Calif., M 

irs. Anna A. Euble, Blaekwell, Okla., M 

V. M. S., Eoann, lud., M 

Jr. Ch. & S. S., Maxtinsburg, Pa., 

M. Florence Wineland, M 

J. I. Hall, M 

Mrs. D. M. Klepser, M 

H. K:. Replogle, M 

J. E. Billing, M 

Bible Class No. 6, M 

Everfaithiul Bible Class, M 

Eose Circle Bible Class, M 

Primary Sunday School Class, 

Mr. & Mrs. D. E. Snyder, M 

Junior Sunday School Class, 

D. M. Klepser, M 

Bible Class No. 7, M 

Jeorge Z. Eeplogle, Woodbury, Pa., M 

3r. Oil., Brush VaJley, Pa., 

Clark H. Claypoole, M 

Miss Eve Hooks, M 

Sortense C. Wertz, Crestline, O., 

Mr. & Mrs. B. E. Foeht, Liberty, lad., M 

ilrs. Fred Wysong, W. Alexander, O., 

Br. Ch., Mimcie, Ind. 

Mrs. E. W. Garrett, M 

Mrs. F. Yoe, M 

Curtis Cruea, M 

Mrs. Sarah E. Cruea, M 

Drion E. Bowman, Wife & Son, Dayton, O., .M 

Mr. & Mrs. E. W. Harn, Dayton, O., M 

S. C. Funderburg, New Carlisle, O., M 

Mrs. Ella Miller & Sou, Dayton, O., M 

aolden Eule Bible Class, Dayton, O., ........ M 

Stillwater Jet., Mission, Dayton, O., 

Br. Cliurcli, Dayton, O 

Mr. & Mrs. W. Baker & Son, M 

Men's Bible Class, M 

Flo. B. Fogarty, M 

Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Murr, M 

Mr. & Mrs. N. A. Teeter M 

J. A. Garver, M 

John Guthrie, M 

Sunday School, 

Mr. & Mrs. E. Eiesinger, M 

Mr. & Mrs. O. W. Whitehead, & Daughter, M 

Miss BeUe Mast, Spooner, Wis., M 

Brethren Church, Miamisburg, O., 

Clara J. Niebel, M 

Brethren Church Terra Alta, W. Va., 

Bretlireii Churcli, Sergeantsville, N. J., 

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Whitloek, M 

Mr. & Mrs. Emmert E. Wilson, M 

Miss Ida S. Leigh, M 

C. E. Society, , M 

Brethreic divirch, Sidney, Ind. 

W. M. S., ■- M 

Friendship Bible Class, M 

A. L. Sellers, M 

Mrs. A. L. Sellers, M 

Eula M. Brown, M 

Mrs. J. B. Miller, M 

A. .1. Miller, Cairnbrook, Pa., M 

Junior C. E. Society, Muncio, Ind., 

Mr. & Mrs. HaiTy Eiugler, JohnstowTi, Pa., . .M 
Mr. & JIra W. O. Eiugler, Somerset, Pa., . . . 

Mrs. Eowena Donovan, Modesta, Calif., M 

Brethren Church, Oabville, Ind., 

S. Lowman, M 

William Asher, M 

I George Hoover, M 
0. W. Myers, M 
Mr. & Mrs. C. C. Harry M 
Charlie S. Kern, '. M 

Sunday School, 

W. Pi. Beard, Brookings, S. Dak., 

Micah Hall, Garwin, Iowa, M 

S. A. Berkeybile, Mifflin, Pa., M 

Charles Berkeybile, Mifflin, Pa., M 

Mrs. Edith Dodd, Moravia, Iowa, M 

Brethren Church, Falls City, Nebraska, 

Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Madison, Long Beach, Cal., M 
Brehtren Church, North Manchester, Ind,, . . . 

Ever Faithful Bible Class, M 

Optimists Bible Class, M 

C, I. C. Bible Glass, M 



1.00 



5.00 


5.00 




2.00 


5.00 


5.00 




10,00 


2.50 


2.50 


5.00 




10.00 




10138 




2.50 


2.50 


5.00 






5.00 


5.00 




5.00 




5.00 




8.00 




5.00 






3.00 


5.00 




3.62 




10.00 




5.00 




5.00 




30.05 




5.00 




5.00 




5.00 


$15.00 


2.50 


2.50 


1.00 




58.00 




5.00 




5.00 




5.00 




5.00 




25.00 


25.00 


5.00 




10.00 




2.00 




6.00 




6.85 


1.00 


18.50 






25.00 


25.00 




2.50 


2.50 


2.50 


2.50 


2.50 


2.50 


5.00 




5.00 


5.00 


59.50 




2.50 


2.50 


5.00 




5.00 




13.53 




2.50 


2.50 


3L55 




31.00 




5.00 




5.00 




5.00 






5.00 


20.80 


6.64 




27.25 




10.00 




5.00 




5.00 




5.00 




5.00 


10.00 


15.00 


3.00 




3.00 


2.00 


1.00 


1.00 


2.50 


2.50 


18.95 


18.00 


3.00 


3.00 


2.50 


2.50 


5.00 






5.00 




10.00 


5.00 






13.08 


2.00 




5.00 


10.00 


5.00 






25.00 


3.00 


2.00 


35.00 




10.00 




29.42 


29.43 


2.50 


2.50 


2.50 


2.50 


13.00 


13.00 



Twentieth Century Bible Class, M 12.50 12.50 

Loyal Bereans Bible Class, M 2.50 2.50 

Volunteers Bible Class, M 14.50 14.50 

Loyal Workers Bible Class, M 15.00 15.00 

Beacon Lights Bible Class, M 4.13 4.12 

Men's Bible Class, M 53.95 53.95 

Brethren Church, Mt. Pleasant, Pa., ; .U.50 

Mrs. E. G. Goode, Harrisonburg, Va., M 5.00 

Br. Gh, and S. S., (Bethel) Berne, Ind., 110.00 

Ever Doing Bible Class, Berne, lud., M 5.00 

Brethren Church, Eoann, Ind., 6.00 

Brethren Curch, Howe, Ind., 16.00 

C. C. Grisso & Family, Howe, Ind., M 5.00 

Brethren Church, Eittman, O., 9.70 

Laura E. N., Geo. W. & Arda L. Hedrick, Hal- 

laudale, Fla., M 15.00 , 10,00 

3rd Br. Ch., Johnsto-wn, Pa 23.20 

Geo. Benshoff & Family, M 5.00 

Y. P. S. C. E., M 5.00 

L. G. Wood, M 5.00 

Brethren Church, Eidgely, Md., 4.00 

Mrs. Annie Hulse, Arriba, Colo., 2.00 

Mrs. E. K. Irvine, S. Whitley, Ind., 3.00 

Brethren Church, Denver, Ind., 22.00 1.00 

Miss Gertrude Leedy, Ft. Wayne, Ind., M 5.00 

NeU M'. Zetty, Phoenix, Ariz., 1.00 

Brethren Church, Dallas Center, Iowa, 15.00 71.85 

Brethren Church, Washington C. H., O., 14.03 6.00 

Freeman Ankrum, M 5.00 

W. M. S., M 10.00 

Brethren Church (Center 'Chapel) Eoann, lud., 4.25 

\V. M. S., Dayton, O., M 10.00 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. E. Millheisler, Eldorado, Kan., M 10.00 5.00 

Mrs. H. L. Fisher, Waynesboro, Pa., M 25.00 

WILLIAM A. GEAEHAET, Home Missionary Secretary. 

(To be continued.) 



First Things First 

(Continued from page 6) 

fine musician was hired to play tlie organ, to keep the keys 
and to see that it was properly cared for. One day a stran- 
ger came to the cathedral to see the wonderful organ. When 
after much insistence he had been repeatedly refused this 
privilege, he requested that the organist would play for him. 
Tliis he gladly did. When he had finished playing, the 
stranger congratulated him as he rightly deserved, and then 
the stranger requested the privilege of playing and after 
much insistence the privilege was granted. The stranger 
seated himself at the instrument and played "The Storm 
King. ' ' As the caretaker sat in the pew, it seemed that he 
heard the birds singing out in the trees, the sun was shining, 
it was a beautiful spring day. At first there was but the 
sighing of the breezes through the trees, this increased until 
there was a light wind, then it grew stronger and stronger 
until it was a veritable gale. From the distance there came 
the rumbling of thunder. Nearer and nearer it came until 
a great storm burst forth in all its fury. There was the flash 
of lightning, the roll of thunder, the trees seemed ready to 
break before the blast of the wind. In a few moments the 
storm had passed; on the other side there was the rumble 
of thunder, fainter and fainter until it died away in the dis- 
tance. Again there was but the gentle breezes in the trees, 
again the singing birds, and the sunshine. When the music 
sotpped the caretaker sat quiet under the spell. When he 
had recovered himself he rushed to the stranger saying, 
"Why did you not tell me that you were so great a musi- 
cian? Never in my life have I heard such music. Come, tell 
me who are you 1 ' ' The stranger quietly replied, ' ' I am the 
designer and builder of that organ. I had not seen the in- 
strument for years, and I longed again to touch the keys. I 
know every part of that instrument, all of its stops and keys 
and all of its intricate mechanism. I am the master, my 
hand is the master's hand." My plea is that we might yield 
our lives to the touch of the Master's hand. He knows all 
about our lives and if we will but yield to him greater music 
will come forth from our lives than we dream possible. May 
God help us to put first things first in our lives, is my prayer. 
Bx'ookville, Ohio. 



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JANUARY 17, 1923 



PUBLICATION DAY 

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Volume XLV 
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January 24. 
1923 




- One-Is Your-T^aster-and-Au-Ye-Are-Dretrren- 





OUR OPPORTUNITY 

The greatest opportunity 
Tliat God has ever given me 
Was not when the suggestion canie 
To show an easy road to fame; 
Was not that day when fortune smiled 
And claimed me for a time, her child; 
Nor yet the chance that I might hold 
To turn some talent into gold: 
The greatest one of all, I say, 
Is now and always iiere — today. 

Today my opportunity 
Is just as great as I can see; 
It is my privilege to live. 
To learn, to earn, receive, and give, 
To do the little tasks assigned 
And smile the while, nor leave behind 
Eegrets or flaws in what I build, 
But do the work as God has willed, 
And see in the small part 1 play 
My opportunity — today. 

What greater, opportunity 
Has come, or could there ever be 
Than this, that we have been allowed 
A day to use what God endowed? 
We cannot see beyond today. 
And yet we squander time away 
As though it were eternity. 
God grant that we today may see. 
May choose and use the ^Aiser way, 
Our opportunity — today. 

— ^C. A. Lufburrow, in Western Chris- 
tian Advocate. 





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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



The Incarnation Philosophically Considered — J. F. Watson, 

Editorial Review, 

The Present Duty of the Church — Dr. E. H. Cherrington, 

No Other Mode of Baptism — S. S. W. Hammers, 

Devotion of MaBjr an Example — Alice Bell, 

Contending for the Faith — ^^Claud Studebaker, 

Love Not the World — Alice Livengood, 

Preaching to Convert Nobody, 



The Grace of Gratitude — G. S. Baer, 1 

A World-wide Sunday School Builder, 3 

White Gifts— I. D. Slotter, l 

A Parting Message form Miss Bickel, 1 

A Poregleam of Our Easter Offering — C. H. Ashman, 1 

News from the Field, 12-1 

The Tie That Binds, 1 

In the Shadow, i 



EDITORIAL 



The Incarnation Philosophically Considered. By j. Fremont Watson 



(Mrst of a series of three fditorials to be published periodically, 
the others to be on the subjects. The Incarnation Biblically Consid- 
ered, and The Incarnation Historically Considered.) 

I propose to try to formulate an argument for the person of 
Christ that does not depend mainly on Gospel history or the evidence 
of faith. 

The age is sceptical of so-called historical evidence, and the evi- 
dence of faith is not available for the man who does not believe. 
Discarding these, what is left on which one can build an argument 
for both the human and the divine Christ? What is the present liv- 
ing evidence that does not depend on Scripture histoiy and the evi- 
dence of faith for the life and claims of Jesus Christ? 

Caesar and Napoleon lived and attracted the attention of their 
times. Socrates and Savonarola lived, so history says. BUT WHAT 
IS LEFT OVER OF THESE LIVES'? What is the actual amount 
of survival on which one can put his finger — which we can count as 
an actual, available material or moral asset? Now, is Jesus of Gal- 
ilee like those who preceded him and like most of those who have 
followed him — simply a. memory, an historical shadow? ' What, if 
anything, is left that creates obligations now and here? 

To the question. What survives? I answer: 

HIS LIFE SURVIVES. It survives as the life of no other per- 
son that has ever lived survives. Jesus of Galilee lived a life bo 
extraordinaiy that men have not forgotten it. His life was not 
simply fitted to the age in which he lived, but to all ages. It was 
not simply fitted to the race from which he sprang, but to every race; 
for a man as for a woman. No bounds of race or country or time 
limited it. 

Says Lyman Abbott: "The influence of most men dies with 
them; if in some few instances it survives, it grows less and less as 
the years pass on — first a power, then an influence, then a memory 
only. In the case of Jesus we find an oixception." Says Newman 
Smyth: "The influence of Jesus is a perpetual influence." He is not 
a mere memory; he is a magnificent force at present. He lived a 
life so extraordinary that men cannot forget it, and new centuries 
only bring new wonder and catch new inspiration from it. 

But suppose this world should forget Jesus of Nazareth? Sup- 
pose it should keep all of his philosophy and teaching and forget the 
Christ — what then? Why it would blot out the Christian church. It 
would break up all distinctively Christian organizations, end missions, 



and turn the w'hole world backward. I affirm that it is the persa 
of Christ — the actual living personality — that is tho power tha 
underlies every Christian thing, and not simply his teaching. Hi 
life has changed and is changing the world. A simple lesson i; 
geography will illustrate it. In the words of James Bussel Lowell,- 
' ' There isn 't a decent place on God 's green earth that hasn 't bee 
made decent by Jesus of Galilee." Says John Stuart Mill, — "Wha1 
ever else may be taken from us by rationalism, Christ is still left 
a unique figure, not more unlike his precursors than his followers.' 
Says Lynran Abbott from the Christian side, — "He still marches a 
the head of humanity; and the world after eighteen centuries ha 
much to learn before it has learned him." The scoffs and sneers o 
infidelity are silenced not by the arguments of Christian scholars, bu 
by the person of Christ himself. His life was so extraordinary tha 
men cannot forget it. It is a vital, living thing; a force in thi 
world that must be estimated. 

HIS AUTHORITY AS A TEACHER SURVIVES. We may b 
indebted to history, and to Gospel histoiy, especially, for the fact tha 
Christ won his way to the position of a recognized leader and teache: 
but we are indebted to no history for the tremendous fact that h 
holds the place of recognized leader and teacher of the civilizei 
world today, and that, too, with no signs of any impairment of hi 
authority, but, on the contrary, with increasing authority. THA'! 
FACT NEITHER DEPENDS ON THE GOSPELS NOR ON FAITH 

Wiere is the court of last appeal in any question of religioi 
and morals? If in any controversy on these matters there can b 
found a clear and undoubted statement of Christ, or a deciding ac 
of Christ, is not the matter settled? Not only is there no dissen 
among the actual followers of Christ, but four hundred millions o 
nominal Christendom accept it as final. 

Who turns to Socrates or Plato to settle the moral or spiritua 
controversies of the age? Suc'h an appeal would be laughed out o 
court. And if this is true, how do you account for it? The las 
word on any other branch of knowledge has not yet been spoken. Ii 
this age we outgrow books and theories of men in a generation 
Everything is in flux. New light is breaking out from every quartei 
and no man however profound his knowledge, is able to keep the ea 
of the people and to teach them beyond a brief stretch of years. Ni 
one questions his authority or wisdom — not even the men who d' 
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h.e laat, higliest, and best word with reference to the most intricate 
uestions of the soul. 

Says DR. JOHN YOUNG:— "It may be affirmed that, of all the 
piritual truth existing in the world at this moment, not only is there 
lOt a single important idea which is not found in the words of 
Jhrist, but all the most important ideas can be found nowhere else, 
md they have their sole foundation in his mind. From his mind 
.here shone a light which no age before his day ever saw, and none 
lince, except in him alone. 

HIS POWER SURVIVES. He is the king of the civiHzed world 
:oday. One of the courtiers in the palace turned to Scotland's king 
jne day, and said, — "Sire, there is a greater king in Scotland than 
', ithou." "Who is it?" said the ruler. "King People," answered the 
ourtier. Today it needs no daring courtier to say to the rulers of 
Sithe world, "There is a greater ruler than thou, in thy dominions. 
It is Jesus of Nazareth." Not one of them would dare to put him- 
self in open hostility to the rule of Christ. Rebellion would be begun 
J in an hour. He is the undoubted power behind every civilized throne 
today. 

HIS RELIGION SURVIVES. It is an existing fact to be 
accounted for. ' ' Religions may come and go, the passing shapes of 
an eternal instinct, ' ' but Christ 's religion lives. It is a living fact 
to be accounted for. The religion of the civilized world today is 
Jthe Christian religion. Centuries have come and gone since he died, 
jlwhat has become of the doctrines and teachings of Christ? Are 
they forgotten? Why, what else is remembered in the world today? 
What else is talked about and written about as the teachings of 
Jesus? His religion has become an organized thing, until it repre- 
sents more and better machinery, more men, and more money than 
any other movement on the face of the globe. Do you ask what sur- 
vives? I answer his religion survives. Mothers teach it to their 
children. Strong men go out to fight their battles taking it as their 
armor; and when men come to die they wrap it as the drapery of 
their couch about them, and lie down to pleasant dreams. 

At no period of the world were there so many devotees as now. 
Who is this man to whom costly structures are reared in every land; 
for w'hose sake trouble is borne without a murmur, and in whose 
strength death is met without a fear? 

Who is this man who calls to praise and service, and all the 
world responds? Answer for yourselves. This world has not gone 
mad; it was never so clear and strong of brain as now; and this 
world anwers with an emphasis that grows stronger every year, 
This is none other than the Son of God. 

Who is he? The question comes again. Who is he? This strange 
mysterious figure that enters the world but never quits it, whose 
power is broken by neither time nor death, who has in himself the 
power of the endless life — Who is he! This startling figure, unlike 
any other the world has ever seen, with a conception of a mission 
that was fitted to the thought of Almighty God, speaking as man 
never spake before, and with a power to perpetuate his life, so that 
the years but increase his sway, working miracles in this Nineteenth 
Century as he worked them in the first — Who is he? There is but 
one answer, the old answer of the Centurion, "Truly this was the 
Son of God." 

Beaver City, Nebraska. 



EDITORIAL REVIEW 



The best report yet, says the treasurer of the National Sunday 
School Association. The White Gifts are still coming in, and they 
indicate a fine loyalty to the purposes for which the offering was made. 
Of course every school will want to be in on this offering before it 
is closed. 

■Churches in some parts of the brotherhood wiU already have 
taken their offerings for the Publication interests by the time this 
paper reaches them. But if the local plans of any church should 
have prevented them taking the offering on January 28, the day set 
for that purpose, do not fail to give attention to it later. Send 
offerings promptly to the Business Manager. 

Washington C. H., Ohio, has experienced a spiritual refreshing and 
pastor and people have taken courage. Brother Paul Miller recently- 



closed a meeting there which resulted in twenty-four confessions. 
This is perhajra one of the most locally significant meetings reported 
for some time, in that it has given this little church a new grip of 
faith in its future. Both pastor and evangelist make reports in this 
issue. 

Brother D. P. Eikenberry pastor of the mission church at Spring- 
field Center, Ohio, reports encouragingly' concerning the work of this 
little band. These loyal people are proving their ea-rnestness and 
faith by their works. With a continuation of such faith and sacri-^ 
fice, we dare say they will soon have not only a church building, but 
a strong and growing congregation. 

At Mexico, Indiana, a splendid evangelistic campaign was 
recently held by a Stewart-Ricker-Clark combination which, of course, 
made a strong team, and it was a real success notwithstanding an 
epidemic of diphtheria had preceded their meeting. Brother Clark 
has his eyes on a larger future for his church. It's always worth 
while taking care of the children and young people. 

Not only Christian Endeavorers but the entire brotherhood will 
be interested in Miss Florence Bickel's parting message, as she was 
about to sail for Prance and thence to Africa after a season of train- 
ing. May all follow and support her and the other missionaries in 
training with their prayers, and may the yoimg people of our church 
in large numbers come to realize the seriousness of life and place 
fhemselves at God's service. 

A letter from Brother Dyoll Belote, pastor of the Uniontown, 
Pennsylvania, church, indicates that the work is on the upward 
grade. In a personal commimication he informs us of his intention 
of sending in another "bunch of subscriptions" soon. It has long 
been Brother Belote 's habit of keeping The Evangelist going into 
the homes of his congregation in large numbers. Such loyalty is 
greatly appreciated, and we have many pastors who possess that 
spirit. 

From L/a Verne, California, comes a good report from a people 
that have been pressing steadily forward under the consecrated leacT- 
ership of Brother T. H. Broad, who has been called to take up the 
pastorate of the Fillmore church of the same state. Brother Herbert 
Tay, a new recruit of the ministry from the Long Beach church, has 
succeeded Brother Broad and has won the confidence of his people. 
The building of a new church is a part of the program immediately 
before these good people. 

Brother Ml. V. Garrison reports his work at Glenford and Mount 
Zion, Ohio, and there is reason for encouragement at both places. At 
Glenford a revival conducted by the pastor resulted in thirteen 
additions to the church, which speaks much for the future of this 
work. At the Mount Zion church the numbers are few and in the 
main the members are young in years, but they know what it means 
to be loyal and to work, and those who know the field believe it has 
a future. 

Brother Carpenter reports the celebration of a golden wedding 
on the part of two of his faithful Hagerstown parishioners. So much 
is made of the loose observance of the marriage vow, and so much 
publicity is given to those who treat the marriage relation as a mere 
business or social eng>agement that may be readily broken with no 
serious consequences that it is encouraging to learn frequently of 
those who have faithfully regarded this sacred relationship through 
a long life time. If we would give more attention to popularizing 
fidelity and not so much to infidelity, it would have a wholesome in- 
fluence upon society. 

The month of February is the time when the Benevolence and 
Brethren Home interests of the church are to have the attention of 
the brotherhood. The fourth Sunday is the time set for receiving 
the offering. Next week there will be an official call. Let us begin 
talking it and planning for it. In this connection we are requested 
to say that while Brother Ashman's article calling for prayer in be- 
half of the Easter offering is given place this week, it is agreed that 
further articles in behalf of the Foreign offerings will be deferred 
until Benevolences and Brethren Home interests have been presented, 
so there wiU be but one general interest before the brotherhood at a 
time. 



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GENERAL ARTICLES 



The Present Duty of the Chnrch With Reference To Prohibition 

By Ernest H. Cherrington, L.L.D., Litt.D., General Secretary of the 
World League Against Alcoholism 



(This excellent address delivered at the Federal Coim- 
cil of Churches held at Indianapolis, and generously contrib- 
uted for publication in "The Evangelist", we believe will 
be greatly appreciated by our readers, coming as it does 
from one who has a world- vision of the problem. — Editor) . 

Prohibition in the United States of Aniei-ica is the result 
largely of the activities of the Christian church. Prohibi- 
tion has been secured through the application of the funda- 
mental principles of Christianity to the practical solution of 
one of the great problems of human life and society. It has 
been the logical result of the recognition of the insistent in- 
junction of the Man of Galilee to the effect that the social 
order was his great objective and that the chapter of that 
order through the establisliing upon earth of a new kingdom 
of righteousness was the great mission whereuuto he was 
sent. ProMbition in America, moreover, presents one of the 
greatest practical demonstrations to be found of the value of 
co-operation and federation by religious and moral forces. 

Responsibility Rests with the Church 
Since, however, the credit for securing Prohibition in 
America properly belongs to the Christian church, the re- 
sponsibility which goes along mth such credit also belongs 
to the Christian church. Ultimately therefore the failure or 
success of Prohibition as a National enterprise and as an in- 
ternational social experiment, rests with the crurch. The 
test of Prohibition as a factor hi human welfare and social 
uplift is at the same time a test of the ability of the church 
to face and solve the social and moral problems of the age, 
and to make good on its stupendous program of evangelizing 
and Christianizing the ■s\'orld. If the church should fail in 
solvmg the problem of alcoholism, what hope would there be 
for the success of the church in solving other great prob- 
lems that confront the race? 

The real question for consideration is not so much a 
question as to what particular part the church should play 
in the program of Prohibition. It is rather a question as to 
what is essential to the success of Prohibition, since present 
day demands of the Prohibition movement in a peculiar 
sense are essentially part and parcel of the great program 
of Christianity. 

The Christian church today is face to face with two 
imperative requirements in coimection with the Prohibition 
movement. The first has to do with the successful enforce- 
ment of Prohibition in America and its permanent establish- 
ment. The second has to do Avith the extending of the bene- 
fits of Prohibition to the world at large. 

Enforcement in America Imperative 

The demand for the completion of Prohibition in Amer- 
ica is immediate and imperative. In this comiection the vital 
issue is not whether or not the Eighteenth Amendment to 
the Constitution is to be repealed. The repeal of that amend- 
ment would require in the first place the favorable action of 
two-third's of each of the tAvo houses of the Federal congress, 
to submit the question of constitutional modification or re- 
peal. In the second place, it would require favorable action 
by a majority of each of the two houses of each of the leg- 
islatures in three-fourths of the states. In other words, so 
long as more than one-third of either House of Congress 
refuses to submit such a modification of repeal, the Eigh- 
teenth Amendment will stand. Moreover, if the time should 
ever come when two-thirds of the United States Senate and 
two-thirds of the National House of Representatives were 
to vote for such submission, even then a majority of a single 
house in each of thirteen state legislatures could prevent 



repeal. The repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment is not 
likely to be a serious issue, at least in the life of the present | 
generation. 

Nullification the Real Isswe I 

The real question, therefore, is the question as to 
whether or not the Eighteenth Amendment and the Federal 
prohibitory law are to be nullified, by a law-defying minority, 
represented by a few states and cities which either by ofti- 
eial inaction or connivance with an outlawed traffic defy the 
will of the American people and the fundamental laAv of the 
nation. 

In other words, the important issue is whether the min- 
oi"ity in this free government is to acquiesce in the properly 
secured and recorded Avill of the majority or whether 
nationally Ave are to pass through a period of attempted nul- 
lification such as that AA^hich characterized the struggle for 
laAV and order on the Prohibition question in such states as 
Maine and Kansas, for long Aveary years after the constitu- 
tional question had been settled by those states. This ques- 
tion, moreover, goes deeper than Prohibition enforcement. 
It strikes at the very heart of free government. The answer 
Avliich the American people return to this question will also 
be an ausAver to the question as to Avhether Democracy in 
this day and age of the Avorld is able to secure obedience to 
its OAvn laws and thus perpetuate itself. 

A Greater Educational Campaign is Necessary 

Hence there is presented to the church the vital neces- 
sity for a greater and more thorough campaign of educa- 
tion and agitation ia the community, the county, the state 
and the nation, than any Avhich has yet been knoAvn. 

There is a royal higliAvay to the consummation of Pro- 
hibition. There is no short cut to the solution of the liquor 
problem. If that great problem is ever solved, it will be 
solved in the same Avay that other social and moral problems 
have been, and are being, solved in the modem world. That 
means, first, the creation of sentiment; second, the organiza- 
tion of sentiment into public opinion; third, the crystalliza- 
tion of public opinion into law; and fourth, the application 
of popular government to the adlninistration of law and its 
permanent establishment. 

Enforcement an International Problem 

The enforcement of Prohibition, hoAvever, in the United 
States of America is of itself a great international problem. 
The international boundary luie around the United States is 
17,572 miles in length. On all sides and in every direction, 
outside that international boundary, there are nations and 
countries Avhich in varying degrees recognize and protect the 
liquor traffic. 

The ncAv age of transportation and communication pre- 
sents difficulties in the Avay of law enforcement never before 
faced by any nation in the history of the Avorld. Today, for 
instance, it is possible for an airship to leave any point in 
the interior of the United States in the evening after dark, 
and be out of the country before daylight the next morning. 
If progress during the next fiA^e years is in keeping Avith 
that of the last fiA^e years, the airship itself avUI speedily 
revolutionize international relations and international laAv. 

Prevention or Cure 

With tens of thousands of high-poAvered automobiles 
operating along the land portion of our mternational bor- 
der ; Avith thousands of vessels from cA-ery country in the 
Avorld constantly streaming in and out of American harbors, 
and Avith the future possibilities of the airship, now only in 



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its infancy, the problem of Prohibition enforcement in Amer- 
ica is one of the significant international proportions. 

We may use the enforcement mop along our interna- 
tional borders for the next hundred years, or by co-opera- 
tion with the religious and moral forces of other countries 
we may help speedily to turn off the spigot on the other 
side. 

Just as a Democratic form of government, even in the 
United States of America, was not safe so long as there 
existed anywhere upon the face of the earth a powerful 
autocracy, so Prohibition in America is not safe so long as 
there exists anywhere a powerful liquor traffic. 

Prohibition a World Program 

The forces back of ProhilDition, however, must not only 
make good in America. The liquor problem is a world prob- 
lem and as such it challenges the world program of Chris- 
tianity. 

The temperance movement from its very inception has 
been essentially altruistic. Its primary purpose has been to 
help "the other fellow." An essential part of the great 
movement of Christianity, it is in a marked degree an im- 
portant phase of the missionary program of Christianity. 

Just as the church in America long since learned that it 
must preach the gospel to the world in order to save itself 
at home, so the Christian and moral forces of America today 
are beginning to reali;ie that they must preach and teach 
and emphasize the gospel of Prohibition to the woi'ld at large 
in order to save Prohibition in America. 

Self -Determination of Small Nations Disregarded 

Present day efforts of the organized international liquor 
traffic, working through the governments of wine-producing 
countries, mdicate something of the character of the con- 
flict ahead. Spain, by the use of unwarranted economic 
pressure, has compelled the suspension of the Prohibition 
law in Iceland for one year. Under threat of what prac- 
tically meant business starvation in Iceland, Spain has fla- 
grantly disregarded the right of self-determination in small 
nations and has given herself as a government to be an in- 
trument in the hand's of the internatioal liquor traffic fo 
stem the tide of Prohibition. A similar situation is now 
presented in the case of Norway, in -nduch the wine-produc- 
ing countries of France, Spain and Portugal are all involved. 
"What the world liquor traffic is attempting through these 
countries, that same liquor traffic will attempt through 
every wine- beer- and "whisky-producing countiy of the 
world. 

Rights of All Nations Involved 

If the liquor forces of the nations, united and organ- 
ized, can succeed in overriding the will of the people in any 
country, small or great, self-determination in every country 
is jeopardized. The violation of the rights of any nation 
threatens orderly governments in every nation. 

The hoarse cry of the world liqiior interests against the 
peaceful penetration of the truth about alcoholism, as an 
unwarranted interference in the domestic affairs of other 
nations, goes far deej^er than its relation to the alcohol 
problem. It is an indirect and yet most insidious propa- 
ganda against the missionary activities of the Christian 
church, which is attempting to promote Christian idealism in 
countries whose people, and some of whose governments are 
committed to other forms of religion. 

International Activity Now Opportune 

Never perhaps has there been presented to the church 
such an opportunity as that which is now presented in con- 
nection with the movement for "^i^orld-^'sdde Prohibition. This 
is peculiarly a ray of re-organization and reconstruction. 
The benefits of restrictions and Prohibition placed against 
the liquor traffic in most countries during the world war 
are still fresh in the public mind. The liquor traffic is tak- 
ing advantage of the present economic chaotic condition in 
the nations, to shoulder upon itself a burden of taxation, for 
the express purpose of entrenching itself against the rising 



tide of Prohibition. The penetrating methods of the world 
Uquor traffic are rapidly producing results in Oriental 
countries, which have been under total abstinence religions 
for centuries. Moreover, this is the formative period as 
regards Prohibition, for the religious and moral forces of 
practically every nation. These forces, for the most part, 
had not faced the liquor issue until they were compelled to 
face it by virtue of the adoption of Prohibition in Amei'ica. 
Among these forces, today, however, convictions are being 
formed, decisions are being recorded, definite policies for 
the future are being fixed, and the choice between different 
methods of dealing with the liquor traffic is being made. 
Thus there is now presented an opportunity for effective 
effort that may influence the moral progress of the world for 
centuries to come. 

Responsibility of Stewardship 

The opportunity thus presented to the church for ac- 
tivity in the furtherance of the movement for Prohibition, 
both in America and throughout the world, carries with it 
an obligation which carniot be ignored. The eyes of the 
world are on America. The hands of the world are stretched 
toward America. The great need of the hour m connection 
mth the movement for intei'national Prohibition reform is 
not only charity which expresses itself ui food, clothing, 
medical assistance, money and other forms of relief. What 
the world most needs is that knowledge, that practical dem- 
onstration, that inspiration and that direct co-operation, 
that will lielp the people of all races and all nations to stand 
on their own feet and solve their own peculiar problems. 
That Christian America can give, and that she must give, if 
her great mission in the world is to be fulfilled. 
Christian Internationalism Required 

The flaroing torch of Prohibition truth must be borne 
aloft. One of the inevitable results of the faithful and suc- 
cessful performance of that task of Christian missionary 
activity, will be that the stronger the rays of light from 
that torch and the farther those rays penetrate into the dark 
corners of the earth, the more brightly will the flame of that 
torch shine here in America, to the end that more easily the 
people of the home land will come to know that truth which 
alone can make them free. The great need of the hour in 
America is not selfish provincialism; it is genuine Christian 
internationalism, which means the real flowering of the bud 
of American patriotism. 

The securing of National Prohibition in America has 
been heralded to the world as one of the greatest moral Adc- 
tories of the age, yet it is not so much a victory over which 
to rejoice as it is a new opportunity and a new responsibil- 
ity, demanding greater activity, greater courage, greater 
sagacity, greater devotion, and greater and more unselfish 
service than ever before. 

Unlimited Opportunity 

The Prohibition movement in America, moreover, has 
readied far beyond the question of the solution of the liquor 
problem. It has been a great purifying factor in politics 
and it has had a most significant part in the general move- 
ment toward cliurch federation and Christian co-operation. 
Just as the Prohibition movement in America has exalted 
National political standard's, so the world movement against 
alcoholism may well prove a most helpful factor in inter- 
national political relations. Just as the Prohibition move- 
ment in America has made for closer co-operation among the 
churches and real federation of the moral forces, so the 
world movement against alcoholism may well make for a 
world federation of religious and moral forces to the end 
that not only the ■\\-orld liquor problem may be solved but 
that friendly international relations may prevail among the 
nations, that the movement for world peace may be accel- 
erated, that other great needs of the world may be met, and 
that a real kingdom of righteousness may be established in 
the earth. 

"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the root of 
Jesse that stancleth fnr an ensign of the peoples, unto him 
shall the nations seek. ' ' 



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1^ 



No Other Mode Is Baptism. By s. s. w. Hammers 



We desire that the reader will grasp the importance of 
the question we ask, What is the Mode of baptism? This 
question answered in a decisive manner, lays the foundation 
for all the other points relating to the subject. Since 
raino — sprinkle, and cheo, — pour, can not be found in one 
single text in the Bible that refers to this Christian institu- 
tion, then it foUoAvs conclusively that sprinkling and pour- 
ing are not, and never were the modes of baptism. They 
cannot be. Jesus in giving the great commission to his min- 
isters which was to continue to the end of the world, com- 
manded them to preach the Gospel to every creature, and 
doing this they were to make disciples of all nations. In 
this same commission he commanded them to administer the 
great Christian ordinance that he himself had instituted. 

Christ selected a .specific word that clearly expresses 
the action to be performed in that ordinance. Now was 
that selected word raino, springle? No. Was it cheo, pour? 
No. That selected wordi was Baptizo, dip or immerse. 
Notliing else then is baptism. There is no appeal from this 
conclusion. A solid phalanx of the greatest lexicographers 
the whole world has ever produced all agree that the literal, 
primary meaning of Baptism is dip and immerse. No one on 
earth can be found who can render the word by sprinkle 
or by pour, by the New Testament Scripture. 

Let the reader take the testimony of Luther, Calvin, 
Wesley — men who though they practiced the Popish rite of 
sprinkling as a more convenient mode, all admitted that 
baptizo signified to immerse, and that immersion was the 
primitive mode for baptism. The world has thousands of 
commentators and eminent scholars, all of whom agree on 



this one point, that baptizo means dip and immerse, an 
this was the primitive mode for baptism. Then the worl 
is full of translators who have translated the word baptiz 
into our English, not one of Avhom renders it sprinkle 
pour. Now in all the versions of the New Testament, ancien' 
or modern, the word is rendered immerse (except where th 
word baptizo is carried over bodily and not translated) 
Editor). Not one of them renders it sprinkle or pour. 0] 
this solid foundation all Christians can stand and declar 
in the name of God of heaven that immersion is the onl; 
mode of baptism. This being a fact, it follows that ever; 
mention of baptism in the New Testament with reference tfl 
the ordinance, is immersion. So baptizo cannot mean sprinij 
kle, nor raino dip. There is not in the New Testament ai 
account of but one way and that was to be buried witl 
Christ in baptism. 

There is not an intimation of any sprinkling or pourint, 
for baptism in the New Testament. Where we find sprinkle 
there is no baptism and where we find baptism there is nc 
sprinkling. No two words are used more distinctly from 
each other than baptize and sprinkle. The same is true oi 
baptize and pour. There is not an account of any sprinkling! 
or pouring for baptism in the New Testament. Now, what- 
ever has no authority in the New Testament, has no divine 
authority anywhere. With those who believe in sprinkling, 
and pouring as the mode of baptism. They have no allusion 
to its existence in the Word of God, or anything written in 
the two first centuries. Now, do the people regard divine 
authority? 

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 



The Devotion of Mary as an Example for Girls of Today. By Alice Beu 



I Gf the many women mentioned in the Bible Mary of 
Bethany, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, has given us the 
most beautiful example of Christian devotion. 

We remember how Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and 
listened to the blessed words that fell from his lips. She was 
the most appreciative listener in the world to the most hope- 
ful words that were ever spoken. They were full of inspira- 
tion and instruction, preparing for a larger and fuller life to 
be lived in complacent confidence and purpose. His words 
revealed himself as the Christ pre-eminently above all 
tilings created or begotten, worthy alone of our devotion. 
Mary had reached that high plane where she realized that 
"man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that 
proceedeth out of the mouth of God. ' ' His words Avere meat 
and drink. Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, "If thou 
knowest." Mary knew and she wanted the living water, 
"Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him 
shall never thirst but the water that I shall give him shall be 
in him a well of water springing up mto everlasting life." 

While Mary was thus occupied, Martha alone was pre- 
paring the meal. She said to Jesus, "Lord, dost thou not 
care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her 
thei'Cfore that she help me." But Jesus answered and said 
unto her, "Martlia, Martha, thou art careful and troubled 
about many things but one thing is need'fiil and Mary hath 
chosen that which shall not be taken from her." Why 
should Mary be concerned about the many things when the 
one thing needful was her happy possession? Surely it was 
more important that she partake of spiritual food than that 
the precious time be spent in feeding the body. There was 
more to be gained by fasting than by feasting. This is a 
lesson for \\s all. Mary represents the spiritual side of life 
and Martha the material side. Too many folks trouble and 
worry themselves about their work and not enough folks 
are willing to sit at the feet of the Master and learn. 

Mary's characteristic confidence in Jesus shows itself 
again in. the event of John II. At the time of Lazarus' 



death, her grief was deep but we can admire her quiet atti- 
tude in mourning, and her quick response to the Master's 
call. It may seem that Mary's first thought when she saw 
Jesus was one of complaint, but she deplored the fact that 
the Master was absent, and the Holy Spirit who is our pres- 
ent Comforter had not yet come. Mary felt keenly the ab- 
sence of her Lord ; she felt like Peter did when he was asked 
if he would also turn away. He responded, "Lord, to Avliom 
shall we go ? Thou hast the words of Eternal life. And we 
believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of 
the living God. ' ' 

Mary's devotion was manifested again at the house of 
Simon. When she broke an alabaster jar of very precious 
ointment and poured it on the body of Jesus. When the dis- 
ciples criticized this act saying that the ointment could have 
been sold and the money given to the poor, Jesus said, ' ' The 
poor ye have with you always but me ye have not always. 
She hath done what she could, she is come aforehand to 
anoint my body to the burying. Verily I say unto you, 
Wheresoever tins gospel shall be preached throughout the 
■whole world, this also that she hath done, shall be spoken 
of for a memorial." Mary understood the events in her 
Lord's life. When the act of anointing meant the most for 
the sanctity of his life to be realized she poured on him the 
precious ointment. It was the finest, the purest and the 
most costly of her possessions. This incident is an inpira- 
tion for us to give what we have in its entirety. Mary gave 
what she had in honor of his burial. We give our lives in 
honor of his death and resurrection. 

When Jesus can say of our work, "She hath done what 
she could," perhaps unconsciously we also shall have made 
for ourselves a memorial, for the Word says, "And their 
works do follow them." Mary is the best example for girls 
of any time or race to follow. Without question there are 
more Marthas than Marys today because gii'ls prefer mate- 
rial things rather than spiritual. This is a Martha produc- 
ing age. Let us be like Mary. Dayton, Ohio. 



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Contending for the Faith. By Claud Studebaker 

{Sermon preached ai the Midtuest District Conference, Falls City, Nebraska, October, 4, 1922) 
TEXT: Earnestly contend for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints. — Jude 3. 



Before we take up the text for discussion, I wish to call 

j,^ our attention to the context showing the line up of folks 

Jcho are contending against the faith, noting that our con- 

(fention is not against the men (as Michael dUrst not bring a 

•ailing accusation agauist the devil) but is for the faith. 

ij'ote these descriptions of the men who are against the 

'aith — 

Verse 4. Certain men crept in unawares, ordained of 
)ld to this condemnation, turnmg the grace of God to las- 
dviousness, denying the Lord Jesus Christ — those who re- 
ject the virgin birth and the deity of Chr-ist: Caution! 
Though you now believe, if you follow such as these God 
will destroy you as he did the children of Israel who disbe- 
lieved, as he did the angels who sinned, as Sodom and Go- 
morrah. 

Verse 10. Folks that speak evil of the things they 
know not, i. e., as man speaking of the new birth, when he 
has never been born again, or a man explaining (away) 
spiritual things and yet has never been born of the spirit. 
I wish you to ur.dcrstand that this faith was delivered to 
the saints and no one else, and no man who is not a saint 
has any adequate knowledge to contend for spiritual things 
(the faith). No man who has never been redeemed from 
sin and born into the kingdom of God will ever>deny the 
doctrine of sin and atonement unless he is possessed of 
the devU. A denial of the ne'w birth is evidence conclusive 
that the person has never been born again, no matter if he 
has gone through the theological seminary and is entitled to 
a Ph.D. or D.D. But in those things they know accordmg 
to the natural man and in their knowledg-e they corrupt 
themselves. 

Verse 11. "They have gone in the way of Cain". — so- 
cial gospel fellows, self-righteous fellows, I feel tempted to 
say, a certain type of religious education fellows. "Ran 
greedily in the error of Balaam for reward" — preachers who 
; are thinking more of the money end of the proposition than 
I remaining at their posts and agonizing for the faith. Those 
1 who "perish in gainsaying of Coxe" are an innumerable 
company. They are those who place confidence in false re- 
I ligions, lodge prayers by unholy men, cults and isms of 
every kind, saying we are all holy. No man eometh to the 
Father but by the Son. 

Verse 12. They feed of the church and deny its doc- 
trines; they are those who are "twice dead." 

Verses 14, 15. The Lord will execute judgment when he 
comes with his saints. These ungodly fellows will not be 
among the saints then, altliotigh they pass among thein now. 

Verse 16. They are murmurers, complainers. (always 
saying the church is medieval and out of date), walking 
after their OAvn lusts, speaking great swelling words, having 
men's persons in admiration because of advantage. They 
even think, — some of them — that they might write a new 
Bible which would replace the antiquated one we have. 

Verse 17. But- remember the words which were spoken 
by the apostles of otir Lord Jesus Christ. How they told 
you there should be mockers. 

Verse 20. But beloved, build up yourselves on your 
most holy faith and earnestly contend for it. Contending 
for the faith is a huge joke in the lives of a majority of 
Christians. When we consider that if every individual in 
the United States were a church member and paid the pro 
rata of the present members we would still pay almost ten 
times as much for amusements as for all religious purposes, 
V and if every person were a church member and paid in the 



same proportion as is now paid, our annual tobacco bill 
alone would be twice as large as the price we pay for all the 
carrying on of the work of the church in giving the message 
of eternal salvation to dying men. We could as well make 
the comparison in church attendance to see how much dead 
in earnest we are. How the pastor is compelled to be run- 
ning after church members to get them to come to church 
and Sunday scrool and prayer meeting. (Oh, the woe-be- 
gone prayer meeting in so many churches !) My house shall 
be called a house of prayer and ye have maae it a den of 
thieves (a clubroom, dance hall, etc., etc.) I wonder what 
would occur if every church member would come to church 
dead in earnest in prayer and prepared to render spiritual 
worship, and would take the same degree of earnestness in 
supporting and pushing the Avork of God's Kingdom as they 
do in pushing their business and pleasure pursuits ! Friends, 
I want you to examine your ovra hearts and lives and see 
■whether you are earnestly contending for the faith. 

I think a great many Brethren misread this text and 
in.stead of contending they apologize. "Be ready always to 
give a reason for the hope that is in you." An apology will 
not suffice. You may say, Well, I don't study the Bible 
much. But it is assumed in this text that you know the 
faith and an apology never explains. 

Some try to maintain the faith and pose as a critic of 
it. It doesn't say to criticize the faith. In order to be a 
critic of any thing, ■whether it be a piece of art, a machine 
or any article, you must first qualify as a master of the art 
which you are criticizmg, and I 'm wondering how many men 
can qualify as critics of the faith once for all delivered to 
the saints. 

Others try to improve on the faith. As certain ones 
have said: "Be not conformed to this world" means to be 
different in your outward appearance, and. they would dic- 
tate the kind of a coat a man should wear, how he shall cut 
his hair and forbid Mm to wear a necktie, etc. Every attempt 
at improvement on the faith has been fraught with dissen- 
tion and strife. It is altogether possible we may make the 
faith of none effect by our traditions. God never deleg'' 
to the church the poAver of legislation. "The faith" is suffi- 
cient to discipline any and every soul that accepts it. God 
forbid that the Brethren church shall ever attempt to im- 
prove on the faith. The faith is a perfect article ; you can- 
not improve on something already perfect. I might as well 
in my uncouth and rude way attempt to improve on a mas- 
terpiece in art, as for any ecclesiastical body to try to im- 
prove the faith. 

If the faith was delivered, we must infer that it had 
some form which was capable of delivery. It is said' of 
Abraham that he believed God and it Avas imputed unto him 
for righteousness. He believed the words God spoke to him 
— a simple process indeed, — but the basis of all faith. If I 
have faith in you, I believe AAdiat yott say, I do not begin to 
apologize or criticize or improve on your Avords, I just accept 
them. Even so Aiith "the faith." Folks are casting about 
and taking up cA'ery silly AvMm of faith. Let me advise sucb 
to read Romans 10:6. 7, 8. Wlio shall ascend into heaven? 
(that is to bring Christ doAATi from above :) — Or, Who shall 
descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again 
from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, 
even in thy mouth, and in thy heai't : That is, the Avord of 
faith, AA'hieh we preach. Brethren, the sacred deposit of the 
AA'oi-d of God Ava'; given to us to believe and obey, to live 
for, to contend' for, to die for, if need be. And it is sufficient 



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to solve every question of life. Science has attempted to 
discredit it but the word says (Heb. 11:3), By faith we 
understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God 
and that the things that are seen were not made of things 
that do appear. Science does not give any positive declara- 
tions concerning the creation; it is all hypothesis. Read 2 
Peter 3 :l-7. Remember the words of the holy prophets, not 
the spirit of the prophets, but the words and the conrniaiid- 
ment of the Lord through the apostles. Knomng that in the 
last days shall come mockers, denying the second coming, 
saying where is the promise, for since the fathers fell asleep 
all things continue as f.rom the creation. It is nothing more 
than the fulfilment of God's word of prophecy that the con- 
flict between the folks who contend for the faith and those 
who criticize it should hinge on the second advent. If you 
content for the faith you have no trouble with Danvinian 
Evolution. The folks who say it makes no difference virtu- 
ally mean it makes no difference to them if they do disbe- 
lieve some of God's word. They have lost the faith already 
and are hoping they did descend from an ape so they will 
escape the judgment of a .just God, who created man for his 
Glory and fellowship. The man who will not claim Ixis 
blessed relationship to the heavenly Father but who goes 
seai-ching through the jungle for an ape for an ancestor, 
it seems to me by all laws of equity and justice ought to be 
eternally banished from the presence of the Father and dis- 
inherited of all his possessions given by the hand of an in- 
dulgent Father. The boy who despises his birthright like 
Esau is very likely to lose it. 

The faith not only gives us a foundation for the crea- 
tion of all material things but it gives us the words that lead 
us to the new creation in Christ Jesus.' The first word that 
was sounded forth by the prophet Jolm and our Lord was 
repent. Peter sounded the same note to the multitude who 
heard the first Gospel sermon — Repent. Paul says. All men 
everywhere should repent. "More joy in heaven over one 
sinner that repents." "Except ye repent I will remove your 
candlestick. " "If you repent I will not blot out your name 
out of the book of life." "Except ye repent ye shall all 
likewise perish." The church is losing its power in preach- 
ing the doctrine of repentance. It will receive men into 
membership any way to get them. Repentance contains the 
doctrine of sin. A man can never be saved till he realizes 
he is a sinner. God forbid that our beloved church should 
ever fail to contend for the doctrine of repentance. 

The next word delivered was the baptism of repentant 
believers. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. 
I could give you a number of references from the word but 
I shall forbear quoting. Read Acts 2:38; 8:12; 10:47; 16: 
33; 22:16; Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3; John 3:5; Matt. 28:19. God 
indelibly wrote into the faith the great fundamental and 
essential doctrine of baptism of believers, which stands as a 
great testinony to the belief in a triime God, Father, Son and 
Spirit. And I doubt not for a moment, if the church had 
contended earnestly for this doctrine there would be fewer 
members denying the deity of Christ and the work of the 
Spirit. Further, it stands as the great symbol of burial of 
the old man and the resurrection of the new. God knows 
why it is there. It is not for me to quibble but preach, teach 
and practice as a part of the faith. 

I cannot pass without mentioning the great doctrine of 
"laying on of hands" (consecration) ' as practiced and con- 
tended for by the Brethren. God has written all through 
his word of faith the fundamental truth of consecration to 
service. The first step after repentance and baptism into 
Christ, is consecration to seiwice. With service in the king- 
dom of God comes the blessed privilege of surrounding the 
Lord's table. But one thing which the faith has plainly 
spoken is the absolute requirement of a clean heart, which 
is so emphatically symbolized and taught by the holy ordi- 
nance of feet-washing. You say it is a thing of little im- 
portance. God placed it there to forever remind a Christian 
man that if he is clean, that fact puts him in fellowship with 



his fellowman which thing is essential before we can hav 
fellowship and communion with God. For if we love no 
our brother whom we have seen, how can we love God Avhor 
we have not seen ? It is absolutely essential that we be cleai 
and have fellowship with our brother, in the sacred fellow 
ship meal of the Lord's supper, which means all sins foi 
given and all wrongs righted, then, and only then, cai] 
we partake of the body and blood of the Lord worthily, antj 
he who partakes unworthily eats and drinks damnation t(f 
his own soul. Since God delivered in very plain words th( 
impressive symbols of cleansing, fellowship and communior 
in the holy ordinances it is not for me to tear them asun 
der any more than it would be for a citizen of our countr3 
to tear the stripes of white symbolizing purity or the rec 
denoting life, or the blue denoting hope from our flag, mu- 
tilating it and becoming a traitor. There are other periods 
I could well dwell on but this must suffice. I exhort you as 
brethren, some of you sons of sires who have given their 
time and talent for little or no remuneration to establish the 
church we love, to be worthy sons and' "Earnestly contend 
for the Faith which Avas once for all delivered to the saints. 

In closing, permit me to say that nowhere in the word 
does it say we are to contend for up-to-date, well-equipped 
church buildings, for a thoroughly organized Sunday school 
and all the auxiliaiies of the church. These are all proper in 
their place, but it is quite possible to have a large and finely 
equipped church building and a large congregation and yet 
lose the faith. The faith is the all important thing for which 
we are to contend. May we not sacrifice the faith for one 
grain of popularity, not to gain a single member or a thou- 
sand. But God grant that as stewards of the manifold grace 
of God, we may be found faithful. "When the Son of man 
comes, will he find faith on the earth? 

Hamliti, Kansas. 



OUR DEVOTIONAL 



Love Not the World 

By Alice Livengood 

OUR SCRIPTURE 

Love not the world, neither the tilings that are in the 
world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father 
is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the 
flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not 
of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth 
away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the Avill of 
God abideth forever (1 Jolm 2:15-17). Lay not up for 
yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth 
corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal ; but lay 
up for yourselves treasures in heaven, Avhere neither moth 
nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break 
through nor steal: For Avhere your treasure is there will 
your heart be also. No man can serve two masters: for 
either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he 
will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve 
God and mammon (Matt. 6:19-21, 24). For what is a man 
profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own 
soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul 
(Matt. 8 :36, 37) ? Teaching us that, denying ungodliness 
and Avorldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and 
godly, in this present world (Tit. 2:12). Ye adulterers and 
adultresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is 
enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of 
the world is the enemy of God ( Jas. 4 :4) . Dearly beloved, 
I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly 
lusts, which war against the soul (1 Pet. 2:11). Set your 
affections on things above, not on thiags on the earth (Ool. 



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3:2). Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye 
separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; 
and I will receive you (2 Cor. 6 :17) . And be not conformed 
to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of 
your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and ac- 
ceptable, and perfect will of God (Eom. 12:2). 

OUR MEDITATION 

Time was when people thought it necessary to live in a 
secluded life in order not to love the world. This resulted 
in the founding of many monasteries and convents to which 
the religious retired tliat they might be separated from the 
world and meditate on heavenly things. Also later certain 
religious communities were established that lived unto them- 
selves. 

But that is a poor way of teaching and converting the 
world'. Jesus associated with the people in order that they 
might hear his wonderful message. So long as we have life 
and health we mingle with the world more or less. We can- 
not avoid doing tMs in carrying on our daily activities in 
business and social relations but we need not lower our 
Christian standards in doing this. 

"It is not this earth, nor the men who inhabit it, nor 
the sphere of our legitimate activity, that we may not love ; 
but the way in which the love is given, which constitutes 
worldliness. " 

The Standard dictionary defines "world" as the sphere 
of material interests, as distinguished from the sphere of 
spiritual interests: hence secular affairs; worldly aims and 
pleasures. 

Another authority says: "The world in our text means 
'man and man's world,' is his and its state as fallen from 
God." 

Of course we readily concede from the above that 
worldly ways and ideals are distinctly not the Christian 
ways and ideals in life. We must constantly have our ideals 
before our mind 's eye lest we yield to the unworldly, for we 
are so human and too often the world's "aims and plea- 
sures" look good to us — they are presented in such enticing 
ways. We will do this or that, or go here or there, just this 
once, surely no harm can come from it. Eve hearkened to 
Satan that one time, ate the apple that looked so good and. 
promised so much and lo ! the fall. 

The desires of the flesh and the eye and the pomp of life 
do not tend to soul building biit rather to soul destruction. 
The world says have a good ( ?) time wherever and however 
it may be and you can rest assured it is not always attained 
by means of the "narrow way and straight gate," but by 
one wide enough to alloAv all kinds of traffic. 

Self is first and to gain the ends aimed at whether 
great Avealth, or high social position, or any other worldly 
attaiiiment, fair or foul means are used. 

Certainly we must carry on our business — farming,, 
manufacturing, merchandizing, etc., but this can be done in 
a Christian way. Someone states it thus : buying, possessing, 
accumulating, this is not worldliness. — But doing this in the 
love of it, with no love to God paramotmt — doing it so that 
thoughts of God and eternity are an intrusion — doing it so 
that one's spirit is secularized in doing it — this is worldli- 
ness." 

Church members sometimes get so close to the world 
that lookers-on cannot tell on' which side of the fence they 
belong. They jom all kinds of worldly organizations and 
work there better than at their religious duties. They for- 
get that the Christian is in the world but not of the world. 
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, 
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I mil 
receive you." 

Be not ye therefore partakers with them (Eph. 5:7). 
Abstain from all appearance of e^n.l (1 Thes. 5:22). We 
shall live righteously and godly in this present world; serv- 
ing God and not mammon; laying up our treasures in 



heaven ; each working for the good of the other. Thus hav- 
ing our thoughts and aims on the spiritual we will not be 
so prone to love the world. 

OUR PRAYER 

Holy Father, we thank thee that we can approach thee 
as children and that thou hast given us instructions in thy 
Word whereby we can avoid the lure of the world even 
though being in it. We thank thee that the Holy Spirit was 
given to guide us into all trath. Help us to follow his guid- 
ance and to read thy Word that we may not stray from the 
narrow way, but that we shall bring honor and glory to thy 
name and cause. We ask in Jesus' name. Amen. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. 



Preaching to Convert Nobody 

The following rules were given by Charles G. Finney 
a half century ago. Do they not hold good in our day as in 
his? 

1. Let your supreme motive be popularity rather than 
salvation. 

2. Study to please your congregation and to make a 
reputation, i-ather than to please God. 

3. Take up popular, passing, and sensational themes to 
draw the crowd and avoid the essential doctrines of salva- 
tion. 

4. Denounce sin in the abstract, but pass lightly over 
the .sins that prevail in your congregation. 

5. If asked, "Is it wrong to dance, play cards and 
attend the theatre?" answer very pleasantly, "Oh, that is a 
matter of private judgment. It is not for me to say you 
shall or you shall not." 

6. Preach on the loveliness of virtue and the glory of 
heaven, but not on the sinfulness of sin and the terrors of 
hell. 

7. Reprove the sins of the absent, but make those who 
are present pleased with themselves so that they will enjoy 
the sermon and not go away with their feelings hurt. 

8. Make the impression on worldly church members 
that God' is too good to send any one to hell, even if there 
is a hell. 

9. Preach the Universal Fatherhood of God and the 
brotherhood of man, so as to show that no second birth is 
really needed. 

10. Do not rebuke the worldliness of the church but 
fall in with the amusement policy. Instead of meeting for 
prayer let the "people sit dowai to eat and drink and rise 
up to play." 

11. Avoid seriousness, alarm, and earnest effort to pull 
sinners out of the fire, and the old-fashioned idea that the 
church is a rescue mission. 



CHANGELESS 

God will not change ! The restless years may bring 

Sunlight and shade — the glories of the spring, 

The silent gloom of smiless winter hours ; 

Joy mixed with grief — sharp thorns with fragrant flowers. 

Earth lights may shine a while and then grow dim, 

But God is true ! There is no change in him. 

Rest in the Lord today and all thy days. 
Let his unerring hand direct thy ways 
Through the uncertamty, and hope, and fear. 
That meet thee on the threshold of the year ; 
And find while all life's changing scenes pass by 
Thy refuge in the love that can not die. 

— Edith Hickman Divall. 



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THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



L D. SLOTTEE 

TieastueiE, 

AsUaiid, Olilo 



The Grace of Gratitude 

By George S. Baer 

(Sunday School Lesson for February 4) 



Devotional Beading. — Psalm 103:13-22. 

Lesson Material. — Luke 17. 

Reference Material. — 1 Chron. 29:10-16; 
Psalm 116:12-14; Matt. 18:21-35; Phil. 4:6, 7. 

Golden Text. — Enter into his gates with 
thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: 
give thanks unto him and bless his name.- — 
Psalm 100:4. 

Daily Home Bible Iteadings 
M. The grace of gratitude, ..Luke 17:11-19 

T. Gratitude is good, Psalm 92:1-8 

"W. Grace at meals, Acts 27:33-36 

T. Thanksgiving in the sanctuaiy, 

Psalm 100:1-5 
F. Gratitude for all things, .. Eph. 5:15-21 

S. Our Lord's example, Matt. 26:26-30 

S. ' ' The lovingkindness of Jehovah, ' ' 

Psalm 103:13-22 

THOUGHTS ON THE LESSON 
Four Sayings of Christ 

In the first' ten verses of this chapter we 
have four sayings of Jesus, perhaps not in- 
tended to have any connection with each 
other, but all dealing with the requirements 
and responsibilities of the Christian life. 
They are, The Sin of Causing Others to Sin 
(1, 2); The Duty of Forgiveness (3, 4); The 
Power of Faith (5, 6) ; and, The Insufficiency 
of Works (7-10). Following these sayings 
the record sets forth a miracle from which 
Jesus points out another requirement of the 
Christian, namely, the grace of gratitude. 

It is A'Cry likely that Jesus was going along 
the border line between Galilee and Samaria 
toward the Jordan, presumably to cross into 
Perea on his way to Jerusalem. By his very 
travels it seems that he would avoid purpose- 
ly alienating the Jews by going needlessly 
through Samaria (for the Jews had no deal- 
ings with the Samaritans) and at the same 
time not avoid contact with the Samaritans, 
for he would be there Savior as well as the 
Jews'. It was while going along this course 
that the 

Social Outcasts and. Physical Wrecks 
of both races, who had been brought together 
by a common aifliction, found in him a com- 
Tiion Savior. Human affliction is no respecter 
of race or class, and here we find Jew and 
Samaritan in the gi-ip of a most loathsome 
disease, and they become c/omrades in suffer- 
ing. So sin brings all men low and it regards 
neither rich or poor, white or black, nati\-e 
or foreigner. All alike must seek relief in 
him who is 

The Savior of All. 
When cry is made for help from sinful, suf- 
fering humanity, Jesus never refuses, as hi' 
did not when these human wrecks appealed 
to him for help in the days of his flesh. With 
wonderful power and knowledge, not even 



touching or commanding the disease to de- 
part, he sent them away, knowing full well, 
that, as they went, their leprosy would de- 
isart from them. And neither is it any easier 
for him to restore health to wasted bodies 
than to forgive sins and mate life clean and 
pure. How many multitudes of sin-sick hu- 
man souls have found in him their all-suffi- 
cient Savior, the one who was able to make 
them every whit whole! 

But how many redeemed souls forget to re- 
turn to give due 

Thanks unto God 
for the salvation he has wrought through his 
Son? We marvel at the ingratitude of the 
nine lepers, and yet can we say that the pro- 
portion of grateful hearts runs any higher to- 
day? AVe accept the blessings of our Lord 
very largely as a matter of course, as did 
these recipients of his merciful healings. Dr. 
J. G. H. Barry truly says, ' ' Our Lord found 
very little gratitude in the course of his min- 
istry. We should have thought that out of 
those whom he had healed of dreadful dis- 
eases; out of all those freed from despairing 
helplessness and trouble and brought back 
sane and sound to the enjoyment of life; out 



of all those lepers and maniacs; out of thos< 
paralyzed me;^ who through his word knev 
once more the joy of movement; those deac 
men who heard once more the sounds of lif( 
and the voices of their children; those blinc 
men who, after years of darkness, saw agaii 
the coming of the .dawn and the gleam o: 
loved faces; that out of all these there ha( 
been some to be with him at the end. But w( 
hear of none; they took this gift of God ant 
went their way. But it is true — is it not— 
that the average human being is much mor( 
prone to grumble than to give thanks?' 
Most people accept all the good things of lif( 
as their due, and complain of the occasion 
al ill, and when, as in the case of these lep 
ers, their blessings are restored, it is only re 
ceiving back what they rightly deserved 
there is little or no thought of gratitude. 

What Is Thankfulness? 

It is not merely the impulsive emotioi 
called out by the occasional or eocoeptiona 
kindness or blessing. ' ' The emotion of grat 
itude that we feel in some unusual situatioi 
is well, but it is not the virtue of gratitude 
Thankfulness, as a Christian virtue, is a per 
manent attitude of the soul, founded on a dui 
consideration of facts." "Gratitude is thi 
natural response of the heart to kindnesses in 
tended or received. Gratitude implies the de 
sire to show proper appreciation of the favo: 
and to requite it if possible." 



Efficient Sunday School Administration 

By George F. Kem 

{Address it Ohio Conference at Gratis, being published serially. Part I) 



It is essential that the term administration 
as applied to Sunday school work be defined 
in order to have an intelligent discussion of 
the above subject, accordingly I will suggest 
the following definition: The intelligent man- 
agement of Sunday school work in order to 
achieve certain well defined aims; among 
\vhich should be the following: AVin every 
person in the community not a regular at- 
tendant at some Sunday school, to your Sun- 
day school; win every member of your Sun- 
day school for Christ; instill into the Sunday 
attendants the inspiration to live up to high- 
er spiritual ideals. 

This is a large program and in order to 
achieve it, it will require leadership of the 
veiy highest, broad-minded spiritual type; as 
nothing builds a Sunday school more surely 
than to have at its head a Superintendent 
who is possessed of this rare qualification; on 
the other hand nothing so surely destroys the 
efficient work of the Sunday school as the 
lack of proper attributes of Sunday school 
leadership on the part of its executive officers. 

I will emphasize this point further by say- 
ing that the pastor and superintendent are 
the determining factors in making the Sun- 
day school an efficient spiritual force. 



What are the qualifications then that shoulc 
be emphasized in those charged with its lead 
ership ? 

Firstly — They should be Christians whosi 
lives are above reproach; they must be tol 
erant of the ideas of those with whom thej 
work, and sufficiently broad minded to rec 
ognize the good qualities in every Sunday 
school worker and know their business so wel 
that they can make effective use of these gooc 
qualities. 

The leader must have enthusiasm for th( 
work, and must be able to impart this enthu 
siasm to his co-workers and the Sunday schoo 
as a w'hole, and he must not mistake enthu 
siasm for ability on the part of his teachers 
He must be willing to take counsel from teach 
ers and co-workers, getting the best from eacl 
and everyone that they are capable of, anc 
using this to the best advantage. To sum up 
the Sunday school leader must be wilEng t( 
hitch himself to the big tasks of the Sundaj 
school and the church. So much for Sundaj 
school leadership. 

Now as to the Organization. No big . tasl 
has ever been accomplished without organiza- 
tion and no organization has ever accom 
plished anything without aim and the goal f oi 



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unday school orgauization to aim at should 

e the development of the highest Christian 
haracter on the part of its adherents. Every 
-unday school should be graded into four di- 
isions — Childrens, Young Peoples, Adult 
nd administration. The subdivisions of these 
ivisions can be such as will fit the needs of 
ach school. I would suggest the grading, as 
repared by N. S. S. Association and assign- 
lent of pupils to their proper group, should 
e tactfully and judiciously done. Proper 
iromotion should be provided for and the care- 
ul selection of teachers with a view to their 
[ualifications and adaptability should be a 
natter of serious and prayerful consideration 
in the part of the superintendent. In the se- 
ectiou of officers, Fitness, Preparation, Chris- 
ian Ideals and last but not least dependabil- 
ty are highest essentials, as no school can 
ucceed which is officered by those in ■whom 
he leadership can have no assurance that they 
vill be at their posts of duty; as it is indeed 
ragio to see the 'superintendent rushing hither 
md thither on Sunday morning filling the 
)laoes of absent teachers and trying himself 
;o do the work of assistants who are absent, 
vhich, if necessary should have been arranged 
lor on the part of the absentees. 

The Sunday school is essentially a part of 
;he church; its work should correlate with the 
ihurch, and it is the duty of the pastor to see 
;hat the church officials are as much inter- 
3sted in the Sunday school organization as 
;he church organization. 

The Sunday School Programs. This is some- 
thing that should be planned well on advance 



and in this planning, special programs, special 
days should be carefully provided for, yet 
keeping definitely in mind the great duty of 
the Sunday school to the church. 

There are four great periods that furnish 
opportunity for formulation of special pro- 
grams of a highly special nature: Easter, 
Children 's Day, Rally Day and Christmas, be- 
sides a number of other days. Above all avoid 
the humdrum repetition from Sunday to Sun- 
day of a worn out routine. 

The various parts of the program of the 
regular session should h& carefully executed 
as much of the effectiveness depends on the 
orderly and reverent execution of the three 
divisions of the program, namely, the open- 
ing, the lesson study and the closing. As to 
the test of the program, look for results. Do 
the Sunday school attendants regard the open- 
ing part of the program as the time to come 
strolling in late? Is the closing part one of 
disorderly confusion and visitation 1 If so 
there is either something wrong with the pro- 
gram or it.s execution. Variety, orderliness, 
dignity and devotion should constitute the 
whole. 



White Gift Offerings 

FOURTH KEPOET 

Following are the contributions received 
from January 15 to 20 in the order of their 
arrival: 

Des Moines, Iowa, $ 7.52 

Ankcnytown, Ohio, 6.71 



Masontown, Penna., 50.00 

Compton Ave., Los Angeles, Cal., 26.24 

Hudson, Iowa, 36.00 

First Church, Los Angeles, Cal., . . 27.14 

S. S., Nappanee, Indiana, 234.19 

Loree, Indiana, 30.00 

Columbus, Ohio, 9.08 

S. S., New Enterprise, Pa., 5 06 

Mt. Olive Church, Penn Laird, Va., 6.65 

S. S., Elkhart, Indiana, 50.00 

S. S., Carleton, Nebraska, 54 23 

Conemaugh, Pa., 40.00 

S. S., Meyersdale, Pa., 100.00 

S. S., Washington, D. C, 102.48 

S. S., First Church, Johnstown, Pa., 134.00 

Eaystown Church, Saxton, Pa., .... 5.00 

S. S., Allentown, Pa., 40,00 

Total, $ 964.25 

Previously reported, 2,066.76 

Grand total to date, $3,031.01 

This report totals the largest amount yet 
received during any one week, thanks to the 
Sunday school at Nappanee, Indiana, First 
church at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Washing- 
ton, D. C, Meyersdale, Pa., and others as weU 
who responded in a liberal way. 

In the final report of the treasurer an "hon- 
or roll" of so'hools and churches giving 
$100.00 or over will be published. To date we 
have nine to thus honor, Nappanee, Indiana, 
and Waterloo, Iowa, going over the $200.00 
mark. lEA'D. SLOTTEE, Treasurer, 

44 W. Third St., Ashland, Ohio. 



J. A. Garber 

PRESIDENT 



Our Young People at Work 



Melvin Stuckey 

SECRETARY 



A Parting Message from Miss Bickei 



Aboard the "Paris," 1117|1922. 
One hour before sailing. 
Dear Young People of Our Church: 

As I am about to launch out on the deep 
Iblue sea my thoughts are carried most defin- 
itely back to ray many friends w'ho have stood 
30 loyally behind me in the past seven years. 

God has supplied in any time the kindest of 
[friends, and most bountifully met my physical 
needs. 

My personal outfit for this journey has been 
wonderfully supplied. Here I want to state 
to the Sisterhood girls of Pennsylvania that I 
have with me a most excellent traveling or- 
gan, for which I extend my thanks. 

As I am launching out on this journey I am 
led to think of the many young people in the 
Brethren church who have lives to launch out 
upon the great ocean that God has placed be- 
fore ns alL WMch way will your journey 
J;ake you? 

I will be glad to give you a few reasons 
why I as a young woman gave my life to one 
of the great services of the church. 

First, I was just drifting along in life, not 
very happy, for I was simply Uving for my- 
self, loving my friends and my church but . 
doing Kttle for them. Then came the revela- 
tion of the great needs of the church. I real- 



ized of course, that through the church and 
its activities God was being glorified. The 
thought came to me that just to be able to 
help a little in this gi'eat work would mean 
more to my soul tnan centuries of time spent 
outside of that service. 

God then saw fit to call me into a much 
larger service than I would have imagined 
that I was capable of .doing. He, however, 
has sustained me through all and has thrust 
me out to work in his vineyard. 

I go because I love God, and also because 
I love the church. We like to think that when 
we say, "Brethren church" we also hear the 
resounding echo, ' ' Missions. ' ' This we feel 
is the true voice of Jesus Christ. 

Now as the ' ' Paris ' ' is about to move I will 
say farewell for a short time and pray that 
many more young people may be willing to 
give their lives toward a definite goal for God 
and the church. Your sister, 

FLORENCE BICKEL. 



LIFE'S SOCIAL SIDE 

Wesley said that we had given our best 
songs and music to the devil, and that he 
thought it right to make reprisals and get 
them back again. To a large extent the 
church has lost its hold upon the imaginative 
and social elements of life, provision for 
which has been universally made in the con- 
stitutions of men; largely, religion has lost 
its hold upon them; Moses, that wise old man 
of the desert, WTOught them into his system; 
and not only at these festivals, but elsewhere, 
the people were instructed to observe them. 
The people were made happy, they were kept 
happy, and happiness was inculcated as a 
duty. — Beecher. 



' ' The ultimate aim of missions is to develop 
a world-wide society of Christlike individuals. 
The program is to teach men and women and 
little children the love of God and his pur- 
pose for their lives as revealed in Jesus 
Christ."— Pr, Fleming. 



"He that believe th on me, the works that 
I do shall he do also; and greater works than 
these shall he do; because I go unto My 
Father." (John 4:12). Christ opened the eyes 
of a blind man and he saw his father. You 
can open the eyes of a man's heart and he 
shall see God. He lifted up a man who was 
lame; you shall bring a man to walk, in the 
paths of righteousness. He took a young man 
by the hand and raised him up from 'his bier. 
If you are filled with the Spirit of God, you 
can bring a man up from the death of sin 
into the life of God. — Alexander Mackenzie. 



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Send Home Missionary Funds to 
WILLIAM A. GEARHART, 
Home missionary Secretary, 

906 American Bldg-., Dayton, Ohio. 



MISSIONS 



Send Foreign Mission Funds to 

LOUIS S. BAUMAN, 

Financial Secretary Foreign Board, 

1330 E. Third St., Long- Beach, California 



A Foregleam of Our Easter Offering 

By Charles H. Ashman 



Now is the time to begin to thinlc about our 
Easter Offering for Foreign Missions. It is 
not one day too early to plan for the largest 
and most cheerfully given offering in the his- 
tory of our church. We believe that many 
within the church pray for the missionaries 
and the fields daily. But, now is the time 
to enlarge that number so that thousands will 
begin to pray for this most appropriate cele- 
bration of the resurrection of our Lord, giv- 
ing of our substance to proclaim his Gospel 
to the uttermost parts of the earth. The part 
assigned me as Trustee of the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society is to bring to your attention 
from time to time throug'h The Evangelist the 
needs and suggestive plans for this rendering 
of an account of our stewardship. 

We suggest that every church print a roll 
of our missionaries. Place a large one prom- 
inently somewhere in the church and call at- 
tention to it from time to time. Then print 
as many small ones as needed so that each 
family within the church will have at least 
one, more if desired. Make it emphatic that 
this roll is for the purpose of definite prayer 
by name. If we can persuade 50 percent of 
the membership of the church to pray daily 
for the missionaries, we will have an offering 
nt Easter that will bring amazement and 
mighty rejoicing. 

Here is another suggestion. For tithers it 



may not be necessary, but they are few in 
comparison to the total. Now is the time to 
begin to lay in store for the Easter celebra- 
tion. We spend as we secure these days? 
Secure as many missionary barrels as needed 
for distribution, especially among the chil- 
dren of the Sunday school. The idea may even 
appeal to those of more mature years. Many 
a boy or girl will be willing to forego the 
candy or gum or something else in order to 
fill the barrel, it may be that young men 
and men will be willing to sacrifice the nasty 
weed in order to make their offering larger. 

For your convenience here is the roll of our 
missionaries. 

FIELD 
Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, South America. 

Prof. Chas. F. Yoder, Rio Cuarto, Argentina. 

Mrs. Pearl Yoder, Eio Cuarto, Argentina. 

Mr. Edwin Boardman, Jr., Eio Cuarto, Ar- 
gentina. 

Mrs. Muriel Boardman, Rio Cuarto, Argen- 
tina. 

Mr. Clarence L. Sickel, Huinca Renanco, 
Argentina. 

Mrs. Loree Sickel, Huinca Renanco, Argen- 
tina. 

FIELD 

XTbangi-Cliaiii, French Equatorial Africa 

Mr. James S. Gribble, Bangui. 

Mrs. Florence N. Gribble, M.D., Bangui. 



Miss Estella Myers (enroute, home on ful 
lough). 

Mr. Orville D. Jobson, Jr., Bangui. 

Mrs. Charlotte Jobson, Bangui. 

Mr. Allen L. Bennett, Bangui. 

Mr. Ghauncey Burt Sheldon, (France en 
route). 

Mr. John Wesley Hathaway, (France en 
route). 

Mrs. John Wesley Hathaway, (France en 
route). 

Miss Minnie Deeter, (France enroute). 

Miss Florence Bickel, (France enroute). 

Note. — The above list does not include th( 
native workers. 

437 Somerset Street, 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 



"An aroused church membership will giv< 
us a redeemed continent." 

' ' The world must be won man by man. Tht 
personal touch is always the touch of power. ' 

' ' Only he who has felt the tongue of fire is 
able to speak the words that bum." 

The ancient Batavians, Motley tells us 
wore a ring or iron about their necks unti! 
they had slain an enemy in battle. After this 
achievement it was broken off, being consid 
ered an emblem of sloth. The Christian whc 
has not won a soul for Christ is burdened 
with a badge of humiliation, Which cannot b( 
removed until he has at least made an honesi 
effort to lead a sinner to the Cross. — Rev. G, 
P. Eckman. 



NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



REPORT OF REVIVAL HELD BY EVAN- 
GELISTIC AND BIBLE STUDY 
LEAGUE AT WASHINGTON 
C. H., OHIO 

After closing up at Louisville on Christmas 
day we went to Washington C. H., Ohio where 
Brother Ankrum has been laboring so faith- 
fully for the last year or so. This is a coun 
try church eight miles from town, but has an 
excellent plant with parsonage all in fine 
shape. The work here has been having a hard 
struggle for several years, but I found after 
I got on the field that since Bi-other Ankrum 's 
coming thing-s have taken a turn for the 
better, and now since the Lord has given 
them a good revival with some of the finest 
young people in the section uniting with the 
church there is every reason to look for great- 
er things from this congregation. 

There was a wonderful spirit of fellowship 
and co-operation shown by the people of all 
denominations in those parts. The Methodist 
people kindly loaned us books for the crowd, 
as our own church did not have enough for 
all. They attended, prayed, helped and gave 
in the offering and their spirit on the whole 
was certainlv Christian. 

We believe that the real work was not man- 
ifest in the number of converts only, but in 
the new heart that the Spirit of the Lord put 
in the breasts of all Christian people around 
there to believe that nothing is impossible 
with God. Our fellowship with Brother 
Ankrum was a? fine as could be and we found 
hira a real workman in the work of the Lord. 
We never worked with him before but will 
gladly look forward to another season with 
him. 

We had a very happy home with Brother 
and Sister Junk Aviiile there and I could never 



tell of all their efforts to make a pleasant 
home for me there. I shall never forget them. 
I have thought that Iowa was quite some 
place for hospitality but they have nothing 
on these people. My, my, what a place this 
must be to live in all the time. No wonder 
Ankrum weighs two hundred pounds. We 
feel that the brightest day Washington C. H. 
ever had is just before them if they will con- 
tinue to pray and work as they did during 
the meeting. Certainly the Lord has turned 
back their reproach. 

I am now in Goshen, Indiana, with Brother 
Melnturff and his people and will be here 
till February 11th,, after which we go to 
Nappanee for a meeting with "Brother Ed'" 
and his people. 

Now I just want to say a word regarding 
those who have desired meetings next year, 
that I do not expect to be in the field after 
this season. I want to settle down in a pas- 
torate to get acquainted with my family for 
awhile. I may be out till January 1st, 192-1 
and may not. The Lord must decide that. 
R. PAUL MILLER, 



LA VERNE, CALIFORNIA 

There have been some changes in our little 
church since our last report to The Evangelist. 
We have lost our pastor, Brother Broad, who 
had labored so faithfully for twelve years 
with us. The Lord has called him and his 
dear family to the Fillmore church and sent 
us Brother Herbert Tay and his wife. 

Too much could not bo said about Brother 
Broad's work in our little town as attested 
to by the remarks of five pastors at the fare- 
well the church accorded the Broad family. 
Wherever there was sickness or trouble 
Brother Broad was there -with a cheery smile 



and a helping hand, regardless of denomina- 
tion and the city at large regretted his going. 
An old veteran minister of our church said 
as he was the best pastor and church nurse he 
had ever known in all his ministry, which 
was some fifty years. We'll watch for re- 
sults from Fillmore. 

Brother Tay is receiving a hearty wel- 
come here. He is a young man who stands 
four-square on the Bible and whose messages 
are direct, clear-cut and convincing. We feel 
that the church will continue to prosper under 
his leadership. 

We are considering a new church building 
again'. In fact the plans are drawn up and 
God willing — work is to begin in the spring. 
As a result of Brother Broad's untiring labor 
here in building us up the old church has 
become entirely inadequate for our use. 

We have another missionary to report from 
our church — Brother 'Chauncey Sheldon — who 
is now in Fr-ance studying, preparatory to 
leaving for Africa. May we be faithful in 
prayer for these self-sacrificing young people 
who are going at God's bidding to the for- 
eign fields. 

Another successful "White Gift" Christ- 
n)as has come and gone and we hope the gifts 
are blessing those receiving them now. Two 
impressive programs were given. The pri- 
mary program included the dedication to the 
Lord of three babies. 

The Sunday school is in good condition, 
with interest high and attendance and con- 
tributions normal. 

The Women's Mission-ary Society continues 
to meet and do much good at their all day 
meetings. 

The Alumni Council of Christian Endeavor 
and the Y. R S. C. E. are both enlisted in 



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tlie national four-square contest and both 
societies are very much alive. 

Both the Juniors and Seniors prayer meet- 
ings continue to hold interest for the many 
faithful ones and our Bible study class with 
the competent Dr. Young teaching it is get- 
ting its share of attendance. The book which 
tells so much about Christ's coming with his 
saints is being studied and may we as a de- 
nomination be ever joyously, constantly look- 
ing forward to the coming of the Bridegroom 
— our blessed Redeemer. 

MBS. H. L. GOOD. 

Pomona, California. 



HAGEESTOWN, MARYLAND 
"The Gateway to tlie South" 

A happy event in our midst was the re- 
cent observance of a Golden Wedding anni- 
versary by Brother and Sister Benjamin P. 
Schindel. Children, grand children and great 
grand children with many friends were pres- 
ent to congratulate them and to enjoy the 
glad day. Dr. Tombaugh spoke of their happy 
and useful wedded life and their loyalty 
throug'h the years to the church. May God 
bless our Brother and Sister Schindel and 
their whole family circle that they may serve 
God acceptably through all the years. A Gol- 
den Wedding anniversary in a home that is 
truly Christian must surely be one of the 
happiest days that mortal man can know on 
this earth. 

Christmas was pleasantly observed in our 
Sunday school with a splendid cantata given 
by the young people under the direction of 
Mrs. J. E. Laughlin and Mrs. W. G. Barn- 
heisel. ' ' The Story of the Other Wise Man ' ' 
was given by the pastor. 

The church motto for the year is a com- 
bination verse, ' ' Remember Jesus, Whatsoever 
he Saith unto you do it." This will be the 
greatest year for the Kingdom this church 
has ever experienced if the members will be 
true to that motto. It will mean definite con- 
secration for definite service. It will mean 
every member in the front ranks fighting the 
good fight of faith. 

Plans are under way to take advanced steps 
this year looking toward the enlargement of 
the Lord's work here. The pastor appreciates 
the splendid co-operation of the whole church 
and the loyal help given constantly by Elders 
J. M. Tombaugh and Roy S. Long. The wom- 
en of the church are planning big things for 
the year and expect to break all past records. 

The study of the mission book "Building 
with India" is being taken up at the mid- 
week service. 

"Go Forward" is the watchword for the 



new year. 



G. C. CARPENTER. 



A GREAT REVIVAL AT FAIRVIEW, 
WASHTNGTON C. H., OHIO 

At Winona last August Brother E. Paul 
Miller gave me a possible date for a meeting. 
The matter was placed before the congrega- 
tion on our return home. Some thought per- 
haps a revival effort 'here would be a waste 
of time and money, and that nothing could 
possibly be accomplished, but it was decided 
to launch forth in an effort, and so the date 
was set for the meeting. This has been a 
very difficult and peculiar field, at times con- 
ditions seem hopeless and at others there 
would be some occasions for optimism. While 
this congregation is small in numbers and is 
carrying a heavy burden, we have here some 
.•.s fine a people as ever graced a church build- 
ing with their presence. 

Brother MUler arrived the day following 
Christmas and immediately started in. The 
first week the attendance was somewhat hin- 
dered owing to inclement weather, but vsath 
the beginning of the second week the crowds 
began to increase and the people knew that 
there was something out of the ordinary at 
Old Fairview. Through, the power of the two 



G's, Gospel and Gasoline, the crowds com- 
menced to increase with a rush. People came 
for miles, and when they went home they told 
the news to others and they also came, and 
the result was that there were more people 
gathered at Fairview than there had been 
for years. 

By spending a part of each day on the road 
we were able to visit many homes and carry 
the ' ' Good News ' ', and people came w'ho had 
not been inside the church for months and 
perhaps years, when they came once little 
effort was required to return. 

The people of the Methodist church co-op- 
erated with us and contributed much to the 
meetings by their 'hearty support, and were 
ardent admirers of Brother Miller. 

The visible results of the meeting are, 
twenty-four confessions and three re-consecra- 
tions. Nineteen have been baptized and 
others are awaiting baptism. New life has 
been g-iven to the church, new friends have 
been made and the confidence which the 
church enjoyed in years gone by is steadily 
being regained. The figures given above do 
not begin to teU the value of the meeting. 
Only one who has been on the field in the 
piast two years can readily understand the 
real victory. In a letter from Brother Mil- 
ler before coming, in answer to a letter of 
mine, he wrote that he had never found an 
easy field, but admitted that this was one of 
the most difficult encountered after a few days 
on the field. The battle here only brought 
before us again the old fact that man's ex- 
tremity is God's opportunity. One of the 
brethren pronounced this the greatest revival 
held here in twenty-five j'ears. Perhaps if 
the real condition of the church and commun- 
ity were taken into consideration this might 
be one of, if not the greatest revivals, ever 
held in Fairview, made possible not by man 
but by the power of God. New* life and 
needed talent has been added to the church, 
and the total results of this meeting will 
never be known until we are all called home 
to Glory. 

This was our first meeting with Brother 
Miller, and we want to bear testimony that 
the three weeks slipped by with almost in- 
credible speed, and it was a deep sadness to 
have to take him to the train as he departed 
for Goshen. We found him a splendid and 
congenial yoke fellow, a preacher with the 
courage of his convictions and who knew no 
fear of man. He preaches fearlessly with 
apologies to no man, and we feel richer 
through having been permitted to work with 
him shoulder to shoulder for the three weeks. 
A^Tiat the people of Fairview thought of him 
may be gleaned from the fact that they gave 
him the largest free will offering ever given 
to an evangelist from this congregation. What 
is more it was all free will. There was no 
urging or forcing, very little attention was 
given to the offering except to announce from 
time to time when it would be received. Sure- 
1}^ he has won a warm place in the hearts 
of the people of Fairview who will follow 
him in eagerness as he continues his work in 
the Master's vineyard. 

Yours in the interest of the Kingdom, 
FREEMAN ANKRUM, Pastor. 



MOUNT ZION, OHIO 

Mt. Zion is one of the little country 
churches located near Logan, Ohio, which has 
been struggling for 'a number of years to keep 
head above the tide, but now it seems encour- 
aged. Brother I. D. Bowman held them a 
meeting last spring at which time several 
c'hildren accepted Christ and were baptized, 
and then again they were left pastorless until 
we took up the work serving them half time. 
I believe that they have the most faithful 
class of young folks here I ever saw any- 
where. 

It is through the efforts of Brother and 
Sister Inboden that the work here is still on 
the move. They have always closed the Sun- 



day school during the winter months before 
and three weeks ago they voted on this ques- 
tion and all of the children wanted Sunday 
school, so they are having Sunday school this 
winter and preaching every two weeks. We 
are all looking forward to the time when 
Brother Bowman will hold another meeting 
for us, and hoping and praying that God will 
move on the hearts of some of the mothers and 
fathers of these children and get them into 
the church and also into the Kingdom of God. 
Last fall at state conference they received 
some help for which thcy surely were in 
need, as the membership is composed mostly 
of children who are not wage earners. They 
greatly appreciate this help very muc'h. Had 
it not been for this they would of had to 
have closed the church this winter. 

M. V. GARRISON, Pastor. 



GLENPORD, OHIO 

It has been some time since we have writ- 
ten anything for the church paper, but we 
have been steadily pushing forward. On May 
the :iSth we were invited by the pastor, 
B. F. Owen, to attend an all day meeting at 
the Glenford church which was largely at- 
tended by both the progressive and the con- 
servative people ajid we surely enjoyed the 
day together. The ladies served a fine din- 
ner in the basement of the bank building, 
after which the writer delivered the message 
and Brother Owen preached Ms farewell ser- 
mon in the evening to a splendid audience. 
Then we took up the work on June 11th and 
since that time we have been pressing for- 
ward with God as our leader who never fails 
us in the time of need, and we surely did 
need him for we had many difficult problems 
to solve. We came home ifrom National Con- 
ference and spent three solid weeks doing 
personal work among the members of the 
three churches, Baraca, Bethel, and the new 
church at Glenford, rounding up the flock 
which was no small job, as the two country 
churches had been without a pastor for sev- 
eral years. 

On October, 1st we began our revival meet- 
ing and closed October 15th with twelve con- 
fessing Christ as their Savior. 

Since June 1st we have baptized ten and 
received thirteen into church fellowship. 
Brethren, pray for us and that God's bless- 
ings may continue to fall on the church at 
Glenford as well as elsewhere. 

At state conference the Glenford mission 
was recognized as the Glenford Brethren 
church. It has been self-supporting from its 
beginning, and now we look for her to go for- 
ward, meeting all of her apportionments. On 
November 8th we held a business meeting at 
which Brother G. W. Eanzie acted as moder- 
ator and Brother Oberholtzer of Columbus 
assisted, at which time we elected a full set 
of officers and everybody seemed well pleased. 
And the following evening we held our com- 
munion with about seventy around the table, 
at which Brother Kinzie served and he gave 
us one of the finest talks on the supper and 
feet washing that we ever listened to, and 
Brother Oberholtzer also gave us a very fine 
talk for w'hich the congregation and pastor 
desire to extend their hearty thanks. 

The people here surely remind us of the 
Michigan folks; they are always doing some- 
thing for their pastor. The night before 
Thanksgiving they came in and surprised us, 
and it sure was a surprise. There were about 
fifty of them came in and brought about six- 
ty dollars ' worth of the goods that keep soul 
and body together, and we had u fine supper. 
They all had an enjoyable time and about 
eleven o'clock they left for their homes, but 
still the gifts continue to come from those 
who did not get out to the surprise. The 
folks here surely know how to do things, both 
for God and man, for which we express our 
heartfelt thanks. 

MR. AND MRS. GARRISON. 



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JANUARY 24, 1923 



UNIONTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA 
HAPPENINGS 

It has gone considerably past the time tor 
the periouie report of the work at this place, 
and so tor fear the eunor refuse to give it 
place if it come later I will endeavor to 
chronicle a few events in connection with the 
woiK. at tills place. 

I am not sui'e that anything was ever writ- 
ten from here concerning fne Pennsylvania 
District Conference whicn was held wiih us 
the second wtek of October of last year. In 
point of numbers in attenaance it was one of 
the largest ever held in the district and came 
near taxing the ingenuity of the enienaiuing 
group to care for it, but the good friends of 
tne congregation responded to tne appeals of 
the Breinren and we hope that all were com- 
fortably domiciled whiie here. Uniontown 
has not forgotten the feast of good things to 
which she was treated while the good Breth- 
ren were among us, and every once in a while 
someone will quote something that some 
speaker said m a conference aadress. By the 
time it is Uniontown 's turn to entertain the 
district conference again she hopes to have 
grown so as to have a larger and more con- 
venient edilice in which to entertain the del- 



The next event of special concern w&a of 
course the Christmas entertainment, which 
took the nature of a brief programme of rec- 
itations and exercises by the ' ' Little Tots ' ' 
after which the older young people presented 
a cantata entitled "Vvas It a Liream?" The 
annual White Gift offering was presented at 
the close of the evening's entertainment and 
totaled $104.00, which is pretty good for this 
congregation as a purely freewill offering. In 
fact this church has been keeping up with 
the regular offerings in a very commendable 
way when we notice the reports from larger 
and stronger congregations. 

For the new year the church has adopted 
the budget system and put on a systematic 
every-member canvass during the latter part 
of November which netted the largest total 
of pledges toward the support of the church 
that the congregation has ever secured. This 
came only from a very thorough canvass of 
the entire membership. 

The quai'terly meeting in January saw a 
goodly number of the members present to 
have a part in the planning of the church for 
the work of the coming months. The pastor 
was instructed to secure the services of some 
one of the brethren to conduct an evangelis- 
tic campaign in the early spring, and negotia- 
tions are already under way to that end. They 
also decided to improve the parsonage lot by 
the addition of a garage to house the dom- 
inie's Chevrolet, the work to be done as soon 
as the weather conditions will permit. Inci- 
dentally they asked the minister to continue 
his work with them for another year. Since 
the meeting the officers of the church have 
affixed their signatures to a petition to the 
city council for the paving of the alley along 
the south side of the church, which if granted 
by council, will improve the valuation of the 
property quite materially as well as add to 



the convenience of the worshippers in getting 
to and from the services. 

The services of the church and its auxiliar- 
ies continue at about a uniform status. It is 
very difficult to stir any deep religious en- 
thusiasm in this city. Evangelists who have 
worked here will testify to that. A lethargic 
self-complacency seems to surround the larger 
share of the people from which it is hard to 
jar them loose, any attempts to stir them to 
a sense of responsibility being met by an ab- 
senting themselves from the services. This is 
common in all the churches. 

We are praying for a real revival this 
spring, as are some of the other churches of 
the city, and we crave an interest in the 
prayers of the brotherhood. Reports will be 
made further after the meeting. 

Fraternally DYOLL BELOTE. 



SPRINGFIELD CENTER, ELLET, OHIO 

No doubt many of the Brethren are anxious 
to hear how this new congregation located in 
a beautiful suburb of Akron, Ohio, is pros- 
pering. This town is up against the city of 
Akron, and is located on the road leading 
from Akron to Canton. This community is 
composed of American people, and happens to 
be called Springfield, but the Post Office is 
called Ellet. 

The ^vi'iter became pastor of this cougre' 
gation on October 8th, 1922, and since then 
has enjoyed their splendid Christian fellow- 
ship and hospitality, ihey made the pastor 
and family welcome from the very start and 
have shown the finest spirit of co-operation. 

Brother C. C. Grisso just closed a success- 
ful evangelistic effort the Sunday before the 
writer became pastor. And the first Sunday 
of his pastorate it was a privilege as well as 
a great pleasure to baptize four boys in the 
waters of beautiful Springfield Lake and re- 
ceive them into the church, thus making the 
membership 44 in number. 

November 19in we held communion which 
was weU attended by the members and en- 
joyed by all. A number communed for the 
first time. 

In the early part of December, the con- 
gregation purchased a lot 80 feet by 122 
feet upon which a new house of worship is 
to be constructed this coming summer unless 
present expectations fail us. There has been 
paid $760.00 on this lot while there remains 
$619.00 yet to be paid, making a total cost of 
$1,450.00 for the lot*. But I am glad to re- 
port that all of the unpaid amount is sub- 
scribed but $25.00. And on or about April 
1st, 1923 we expect to liquidate the entire 
debt on the lot. So we feel if liberal giv- 
ing expresses interest and zeal, then $1,450.00 
subscribed and promised to be paid in a little 
over four months by representatives from 
twelve families is a splendid example. And 
in addition to the above, a pledge of $10.00 
was received from a man of another denom- 
ination. 

Church attendance has been splendid and 
the Sunday school active in its work with 
Brother G. E. Warner as superintendent. The 
school gave an excellent Christmas program 



and a white gift offering of $12.30. A wom- 
an's Missionary Society was organized since 
I have become pastor. During this short 
time they have held meetings practically 
every week and have succeeded m making 
close to $100.00 profit which sum is being re- 
served as a fund to be appUed on the cosj; of 
a new church house. 

D. F. EIKENBEEEY, Pastor, 
Canton, Ohio, E. D. 5. 



MEXICO, INDIANA j 

As we have not reported the work at this 
place for some time, will do so now. Every 
department has been on the increase until in 
November, when every church and Sunday 
school of this place were closed for two weeks 
on account of diphtheria. As soon as the ban 
was lifted we started our revival, which had 
been postponed the second time. So on the 
10th of December with Brother C. A. Stew- 
art in charge of the preaching and Mr. H. E, 
Eicher in charge of the singing, being assisted 
by Mrs. H. E. Eicher at the piano, we opened 
and it was a real battle to overcome the faai 
and indifference that had gotten a hold ol 
the people. But with this combination ol 
workers and the Lord with us we prevailed 
for two weeks and had what many termed a 
mig'hty good meeting, there being six confes- 
sions among which were two that are heads 
of families, four having already been bap- 
tized. Brother Stewart brought his usual 
good sermons which were worth going a long 
way to hear. 

The church at Mexico is one of the oldest 
and here are found some of the early pio- 
neers of the Brethren faith, among whom we 
will mention, the Hoods, the Boors, Blacks, 
and Maus 's and Bonds, Aults and Fishers. Of 
course the early settlers have gone to theii 
heavenly reward, but have left us the good 
material of which this congregation is now 
composed. They are ever ready to heed a 
worthy call. They have never turned a deaf 
ear, but are ready to assist at aU times. They 
have a real missionary spirit; and have had 
charge of one orphan in Armenia for the last 
three years, and vpill continue to support the 
child. 

Now for a look forward. The church that 
has no real aim in view is just marking time. 
We see if we are to keep pace with the times, 
and live true to the name given to us, that is 
Progressive, we must be alert in the need of 
the Sunday school. So every member is look- 
ing forward to the remodeling of our church, 
which if it should materialize will give us six 
good classrooms, which are badly needed. The 
writer knows these good Brethren and is per- 
suaded that what they know to be for the ad- 
vancement of the cause of Christ, they will 
do it. 

Here is a church that has the entire brother- 
hood on its prayer list, including the College 
and Publishing House and they covet your 
prayers in return. 

Yours for a greater Brethren church, 

Jt W. CLAEK. 



Thanksgiving Offering for Home Missions 

(Concluded from last week) 



Brethren Chtirclii, Warsaw, Ind 

Miles J. Snyder, M 

W. M. S., M 

Brethren Church, Fremont, C, 

Mrs. John Baringer, M 

Mrs. J. B. Wampler, Apollo, Pa., M 

Ella Gear, Dayton, O., 

E. A. Juillerat & Family, Portland, Ind., M 

Virginia & Grace Juillerat, Portland, Ind.,....M 
Anna Clays, Sandusky, C, M 



GeDeial Kentucky 



Fund 
66.90 

5.00 
25.00 
31.59 

5.00 



10.00 



Fund 



5.00 
2.00 
5.00 
5.00 



Mrs. D. W. Campbell, Sandusky, 0., 

Mr. & Mrs. John Bricker, Eossville, Ind., ....M 
Biethren church, Hamlin, Kans., 141.35 

Home Guard Members following: 

G. F. Berkley & Wife 

B. M. Berkley & Wife 

E. C. Blanchard 

G. W. Dowell 

N. P. Eglin & Wife 

G. N. Hess 

J. F. Hornbeck 

Claud Studebaker 

Delta Alpha Class 

W. M. 8. 

Main Street Br. S. 8., Meyersdale, Pa., 66.67 

Miss Emma dinger, Meyersdale, Pa., M 5.00 



2.00 
10.00 



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.M 



Miss Kate Olinger, Meyersdale, Pa., 

Bietliien Churcli, Summit Mills, Pa 

Austin Miller, • • . ■ 

Brethren Chureh, Oarnden, O., 

Brethren Church (Gretna) Bellefontaine, O., . 

BretHren Ch. & S. S., Ashland, O., 

Eev. & Mrs. A. L. DeLozier, M 

Dr. & Mrs. Martin Shively, M 

Miss Amy Worst, M 

E. J. Worst, M 

Mrs. E. J. Worst, M 

Mrs. Elizabeth Shideler, M 

Mr. & Mrs. B. L. Kilhefner, M 

Mr. & Mrs. I. D. Blotter, M 

Eev. & Mrs. Geo. S. Baer, M 

Dr. & Mrs. J. Allen Iililler & Family, M 

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Miller, M 

Mr. & Mrs. B. E. Zereher, M 

Lemon Mellinger, Decatur, 111., 

Br. Ch. & S. S., Altoona, Pa 

A. Sollenberger M 

Mrs. A. Sollenberger, M 

Mrs. W. M. Wertman, M 

L. K. Eeplogle, M 

Women's Bible Gluss, M 

Golden Eule Bible Class, M 

Y. PI. S. C. E., M 

D. E. Furry & Wife, M 

Junior C. E., M 

L. Z. Eeplogle, M 

Br. 'ChL (New Enterprise) Eoann, Ind., 

Br. Ch., North Manchester, Ind., 

Br. Ch. (Darwin) Flora, Ind., 

Br. Ch., Elkhart, Ind., 

Br. Cli. (Bethlehem) Harrisoiiburg, Va 

Mae Logan, M 

0. C. Haun, M 

Jacob Swartz, M 

Mrs. Jacob Swartz, M 

J. M. Bowman, M 

Beacon Lights Class, M 

C. L C. Class, M 

Teacher Training Class, M 

Onward Circle Class, .M 

Live Wire Class, M 

Brethren Church, Pleasant Hill, O., 

Mr. & Mrs. Eufus & Vera Helser, Glenford, 0., 

Br. Ch. (Corinth) Twelve Mile, Ind., 

Brethren Church, Goshen, Ind., 

Brethren Aid Society, Wooster, O., M 

Scott Eichael, Grove City, Pa., M 

Mrs. Joshua Gilbert, Farmersville, O., 

Mrs. Mary KL Huyett, Zanesville, O., 

Beckie C. Smith, Bedford, Pa., M 

Mrs. Nancy Boyer, Aurclia, Iowa, M 

Br. Ch. (West Homer) Homerville, O., 

Br. Ch. & S. S., Carleton, Nebr 

.F P. Beachy, M 

Mrs. Ella Miller, M 

Br. Ch., Middlebranch, Ol, 

W. M. S., M 

B. E. Wise, - • .M 

Ladies' Aid Society, McLouth, Kans., M 

Mrs. H. W. Eobortson, Middletown, Va., M 

Brethren Church, New Lebanon, O., 

John Eck M 

. G. W. Kiuzie & Family, M 

Mrs. Minnie Weaver, M 

Miss Norma Weaver, M 

Frank J. Weaver, M 

Br. Ch. (Ardmore) South Bend, Ind., 

Br. da.. (Oajrlton) Garwln, Iowa, 

O. O. Eank, M 

Mrs. LesUe Welton, M 

Jim Cooper, M 

J. W. Beer, Nickerson, Kans M 

Brethren Church, Spokane, Washington 

Lillian Bowers, M 

J. C. Beal, -. M 

Donald Beal, M 

EKzabeth Beal, M 

Demonstrators Class, .M 

C. G. Lowrey, M 

, Mrs. S. L. Roberts, M 

I Mrs. Chas. Smith, Eaton, O., M 

Mr. & Mrs. S. W. Gingrich, McAUisterville, Pa.,M 

Golden Eule Bible Class, Dayton, O., M 

Chas. Smith, Eaton, O., M 

Brethren Church, Masontown, Pa., 

Mrs, C. L. Sangston, M 



5.00 

23.75 

20.00 

13.00 

32.56 

30.93 

10.00 

5.00 

10.00 

10,00 

5.00 

5.00 

20.00 

5.00 

5.00 

10.00 

5.00 

5.00 

2.00 

1.00 



5.00 



5.00 

5.00 
7.10 

2.00 
175.00 

26.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
101.58 
1.50 

35.23 

90.50 
5.00 

40.00 
1.00 
1.00 
5.00 
5.00 

17.00 

48.20 
2,50 
5.00 

10.37 
5.00 
3.00 
».00 

9.35 



2.50 

2.50 

2.50 

19.55 

54.82 

5.00 



21.35 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 



5.00 



40.25 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 

5.00 
5.00 
5.00 

5.00 

8.00 
9.00 



4.00 



1.50 



3.00 
2.50 

16.38 

2.00 

5.00 
17.75 
5.00 
5.00 
■ 2.50 
2.50 
2.50 
4.00 

5.00 

5.00 
5,00 



5.00 

35.00 

2.50 



25.00 
25.00 



2.50 



W. S. Hardy, M 5.00 

Rev. & Mrs. J. L. Gingrich, M 2.50 

Mr. & Mrs. Wm. & Clarence Easter, M 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. James Brown, M 2.50 

Mrs, J, M. Bise & Family, M 5.00 

Wesley Collins & Family, , M 2.50 

Mrs. Honsaker, M 

D. G. Lushington, M 2.50 

Samuel Eiffle, M 5.00 

Mrs. Alexander Mack, M 5.00 

Joe Bush, M 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Chasi. G. Skiles, & Family, . . .M 2.00 

J. B. Norman, M 2.00 

Mrs. Percy Stewart, M 

Brethren Church, Berlin, Pa., 151.30 

Brethren Church, North Liberty, Ind 10.10 

Mr. & Mrs. W. F. Hay, M 2.50 

C. G. Wolfe, M 2.50 

W. M. S., M 2.50 

Brethren Church, Fostoria, O., 3.10 

Mrs. Virgil Baughman, Needmore, W. Va., ...M 9.50 

Brethren S. S., Long Beach, Calif., 59.00 

F. KL Van Fossen, M 5.00 

Br, Ch. (St. James) Lydia, Md., 47.00' 

Bert Hammond, M 5.00 

Mrs. Margaret Mongan, M 5.00 

Knights of Honor Class, M 5.00 

Brethren Church Uniontown, Pa., 62.00 

Hariy N. Krepps, M 5,00 

Mrs. Harry N. Krepps, M 

Miss Mary Stacy, M 5.00 

Mrs. Matilda Antram, M 5.00 

Mrs. J. H. Thompson, M 5.00 

L. E. Solomon, M 5.00 

DyoU Belote, M 

Mrs. Dyoll Belote, M 5.00 

Inter. C. E. Society, M 2.50 

MolUe E. Griffin, M 5,00 

Loyal Women 's Bible Class, M 

Y. P. S. G. E., M 

Mrs. Arta Myers, Fostoria, O., 2.00 

B. Frank Buzard, Vandergrift, Pa., M 5.00 

Brethren Church, Bryan, Ohio, 80.00 

W. M. S., M 5.00 

S. H. Keiser, M 5.00 

Joseph Kerr, M 5.00 

D. A. Erlsten, M 5.00 

Hazel Keiser, M 5.00 

Brethren Church, Kittanning, Pa., 30.05 

M. A. Witter, M 5.00 

Margaret K. Witter, M 5.00 

Walter M. Jordon, M 5.00 

C. E. Hooks, M 5.00 

W. M. S M 5.00 

Catharine Bowser, .M 5.00 

Br. Oh. (Compton Ave.) Los Angeles, CaL, .. 29.00 

A, E, Neher, M 2.50 

G, 0. Neher, M 2.50 

Mi-s. A. E. Neher, M 5.00 

Mr, & Mrs. J. H. Peck, M 2.50 

Mrs. John C. Hummer, M 5.00 

Mrs. Arda C. Shaub, M 3.00 

John C. Hummer, M 

Chas. C. Hay, M 2.00 

M. C. Wrightsman, M 

Mr. & Mrs. Leo Polman, M 5.00 

Mrs. E, P. Miller, M 5,00 

N. V. Leatherman, M 2.50 

Brethren Church, AVaynesboro, Pa., 89.50 

Brethren Church, Columbus, Ohio, 18.50 

Brethren Church, Beaver City, Nebraska, 42.00 

J.F.Watson M 5.00 

Mrs. J. F. Watson, M 5.00 

A. T. Nickerson M 5.00 

Mrs. A. T. Nickerson, M 5.00 

Mrs. W. H. Kilpatrick, M 5.00 

Joseph Johnston, M 5.00 

Helen Seibert, M 5.00 

G. B. Seibert, M 5.00 

Mrs. G. B. Seibert, M 5.00 

Jessie Larsen, M 5.00 

V. H, Cooper, M 5.00 

Mrs. Mary Seibert, M 5.00 

Alfred EicTiard, M 5.00 

Mrs. Emma Atwood, M 5.00 

Br. Ch, (Trinity) Seven Fountains, Va,, 2.07 

3rd Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa 80,00 

J, E. Braker, M 5.00 

Mrs. Samuel Ayling M 5.00 

Mrs. Wallace Lick M 5.00 

Mrs. Louis S. Kolb, M ^ 5.00 



2.50 

2.50 

2.50 

10.00 

2.50 



3.00 
3.00 
5.00 

8.60 
2.50 
2.50 
2.60 



5.00 
5,00 

5,00 

2.50 
5.00 
5.00 
5,00 



35.00 
2.50 
2.50- 

2.50 

5.00 

5.00 

3.00 

10.00 



2,50 



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Br. Oil., Louisville, OMo 

Mr. & Mrs. J. F. Painter, M 

Bev. & Mrs. E. M. Riddle, M 

S. M. M., M 

W. M. S., M 

Mr. & Mrs. Louis Clapper, M 

Mrs. Sarai Keim, M 

Mr. cb Mrs. Martin Moomaw, M 

Mrs. Emma Garber, Leon, Iowa, ., M 

Golden Eule Bible Class, Dayton, O., M 

Mrs. A. N. York, Marion, Ind., M 

Eoy Macher, Dayton, O., M 

Mr. & Mrs. Howard Bolender, Dayton, O., ... 

Samuel Kiehl, Dayton, O., 

Harry & Maggie Berkes, Dayton, O., 

Brethren Churcli, Clay City, ind 

Mrs. Mollie Andrew, M 

A. P. Megenhardt, M 

M. R. Goshorn, M 

D. V. Oberholtzer, M 

BretlLren Church, Conemaugh, Pa., 

Grover Snyder, M 

Mrs. Grover Snyder, M 

John Leidy & Family, M 

Harry Leidy & Family, M 

Mrs. Annie Eorabaugh, M 

Br. Ch. (Campbell) Lake Odessa, Mich., 

J. D. Gilbert, Eaton, O., M 

Brethren Church & S. S., Loree, Ind 

G. P. Boone, M 

George LeMaster, M 

W. M. S., M 

Brethren Church, Glenf ord, O., 

M. V. Garrison & Wife, M 

Walton Eversole, Krypton, Ky. (Rent), 

Brethren Church, Gratis, O., 

Mr. & Mrs. M. E. Horner, Goshen, Ind., M 

Brethren Church Brush Valley, Pa.. 

Mrs. C. W. Hooks, M 

Berean Bible Class, Dayton, O., M 

Brethren Church, Lathrop, CaUf., 

Mr. & Mrs. Ed. Reynolds, M 

John Coykendall, ■ M 

Brethren Church, AUento-wn, Pa., 

Bible Class, M 

A. B. Turner, M 

Mrs. A. B. Turner, M 

G. E. Society, M 

Wm. K. Yoder, , M 



36.50 

10.00 
5.50 
5.00 

10.00 
5.00 
5.00 

10.00 
5.00 

5.00 
2.50 
3.00 
1.00 
. .50 

14.50 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 

57.74 



13.50 



1.50 



3.50 



78.25 




5.00 




39.28 




25.00 




25.00 




25.00 




14.00 




5.00 






15.00 


24.08 


10.50 


7.50 


7.50 


6.10 




5.00 






25.00 


24.05 




5 00 


5.00 


5.00 




39.50 


17.50 



Mrs. Wm. K. Yoder, M 

Mrs. Geo. Silberman, M 

Mr. & Mrs. James Belles, M 

Mrs. Lizzie Kamoie, M 

Brethren Church, Springfield, O., 17.05 

Br. Ch. (Bethel) Mulvane, Kans., 6.20 

Sunshine Bible Class, Goshen, Ind., M 10.0 

Miss Lide C. Murdy, Cameron, W. Va., 1.00 

J. L. Gillin, Madison, Wis., M 5.00 

Brethren Church, WilUamstown, 20.00 

S. S. Tombaugh, M 5.00 

B. F. Owen, M 5.00 

Melvin Woodruf , M 5.00 

Ray Rodabaug'h, M 5.00 

Ira A. Beeghly, Dayton, O., M 2.50 2.5 

E. A. Myer, Flora, Ind., M 5.0 

Mrs. Belle Ham, Ft. Wayne, Ind., M • 5.0 

Br. S. S., Maurertown, Va., 42.62 

Member, Bryan, Ohio, M 5.0 

Brethren Church, Krypton, Ky., 8.2 

Interest 2.18 

Totals, $4,839.67 $1,440.1 

Ruth Wright, Indianapolis, Ind., for Mr. & 

Mrs. Drushal, Personal, M 5.0' 

Boethian Bible Class, Dayton, O., M 2.50 

John Bisset, Dayton, O., M 2.50 

Golden Rule Bible Class, Dayton, O., Mt 2,50 

W. M. S., Dayton, O., M 10.00 

Br. S. S., Long Beach, Cal., for Rempel Sisters,, 10.01 

Br. Ch. (Compton Ave) Los Angeles, Cal., for 

the Rempel Family, 7.51 

Golden Rule Bible Class, Dayton, O., M 5.00 

Boethian Bible Class,. Dayton, O., M 2.50 

Totals, $ 27.50 $ 22.5( 

SUMMARY OF RECEIPTS 

General Fund, $4,839.61 

Kentucky Fund, 1,440.1( 

Missionary Educational Fund, 27.51 

Miscellaneous Fund, 22.5( 

Grand Total $6,329.71 

Respectfully Submitted, 
WILLIAM A. GEARHART, Home Missionary Secretary. 

906 American Bldg., 
Dayton, Ohio. 



ANNOUNCEMENTS 

READY FOR PASTORATE IN JUNE 

Brother Quinter M. Lyon informs us that 
'he will be open to a call to a pastorate upon 
the completion of his seminary course at 
Princeton, New Jersey, in June. We are glad 
to say that Brother Lyon has had the pa- 
tience and perseverance to secure thorough 
schooling before entering upon his ministry 
and we bespeak for him a bright future of 
service for Christ and the church. Churches 
interested may address him. 

Rev. Quinter M. Lyon, 

2 Alexander Hall, 

Princeton, N. J. 



THE TIE THAT BINDS 



FREE-McGILVRY— Mr. Russel J. Free and 
Miss Mable McGilvry were quietly married at 
tile home of the writer recently. 

H. C. FUNDERBBRG, 

New Carlisle, Ohio, 

DOBSON-STRONG — Mr. Harold S. Dobson 
and Miss Lura Strong were united in mar- 
riage at the home of the bride's parents, on 
January 4, 1923. The ceremony was witnessed 
by a number of relatives and friends of both 
the bride and the groom These two young 
people are members of the Carlton Brethren 
church. The bride has been our pianist for a 
number of years. We all join in wishing 
them a joyous journey through life together. 
Ceremony by the writer. 

AUSTIN R. STALEY. 



IN THE SHADOW 



DOUGHERTY — The infant daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. James Daugherty departed this life 
December 29, 1922. Funeral services were 
conducted by the writer at the Riverside cem- 
etery. AUSTIN R. STALEY. 

SMITH — ^Benjamin Smith was born in Eng- 
land Sept. 3rd, 1S58, came to this country, 
August 22, 1884. Died at his home in Johns- 
town, Pennsylvania, January 5th, 1923, at the 
age of 64 years, 4 months and 2 days. He is 
survived by his widow, six daughters and 
three sons, all of which were present at the 
funeral. The funeral was conducted by the 
writer in the Methodist Episcopal church of 
South Pork, Pennsylvania, assisted by the 
Rev. Allison, pastor of the church. Inter- 
ment was made in the South Fork cemetery, 

L. G. WOOD. 

MURRAY — Sister Elizabeth Moss Murray, 
wife of Brother George Murray departed this 
life at her home near Aleppo, southwestern 
Pennsylvania, Friday, December 29, after be- 
ing afflicted for more than two years with 
cancer. She was in her fifty-ninth year, hav- 
ing been an active member of the Aleppo 
church, for miore than three decades. Her 
aged husband, who had al'ways been an ear- 
nest member of the church, has been afflicted 
with paralysis for five years. Besides her 
husband, she is survived by two daughters 
and a son, all members of the church, her 
parents, and four sisters and one brother. 
Funeral services were conducted on the last 
day of the year at the Aleppo church by the 
writer, W. S. CRICK. 

CAR-TER — Anna May (Burks) Carter, was 
born at Fluviana, Virginia, August 20, 1862, 
and fell asleep January 7, 1923. aged 60 
years, 4 months ,and IS days. She was the 
mother of 6 children, 3 preceding her. Sister 
Carter accepted Christ in early life and was 
a member of the Baptist church over 40 
years. Her sickness embraced a period of 



three decades, till on Sabbath morning, Jan- 
uary 7, 1923, just as the church bells were 
calling out the hour of worship, heaven's 
bell pealed out the summons. Mother Cartel 
recgnized the call by gently waving her banc 
and with joyous rapture she left the tenement 
of clay and glided away through the pearlj 
gates into the Spirit world to answer the roll 
call in the Golden City. Services were held 
in the Church of the Brethren, conducted bj 
the writer, assisted by Rev. J. H. Eidmiller 
of the Church of the Brethren. Burial in 
New Carlisle cemetery. 

H. C. FUNDERBBRG. 

BROWlVFIEIiD — Ellen Miller was born 
near Haydentown, Fayette county, Pennsyl- 
vania, June 30, 1863, and passed to the ex- 
periences of the presence of the Master in 
the celestial world on December 19, 1922. At 
the age of nineteen she was married to John 
Bradee, to which union twelve children 'were 
born. This union was broken by the death 
of the husband in January, 1907. On June 
27, 1907 she was married to John Brown- 
fleld with whom she lived in marital happi- 
ness until her demise. She leaves a husband, 
nine children, two sisters, one brother and a 
number of grandchildren and more distant 
relatives. 

Sister Brownfleld was one of the group 
which were taken into the new Brethren 
church at Wymp's Gap, Pennsylvania and 
was baptized and received into full member- 
ship by Brother J. L. Gingrich on November 
4, 1922. She had professed conversion in 1919 
during meetings conducted by Elder Harry 
Harwood, and her baptism was the seal of 
her acceptance of the faith and teaching of 
the Brethren church with which she identi- 
fied herself. 

Funeral services were conducted by the 
undersigned at the home at Wymp's Gap in 
the presence of a large assembly of those 
who were her neighbors and friends. The 
Uniontown pastor was called to conduct the 
service because she 'was the mother-in-a"w of 
the resident pastor. Brother Harry Harwood. 
Burial was in the Murray cemetery just near 
her home. May God assuage the grief of the 
husband and family. DYOLL BELOTB. 



Prof. J. Allen Llillcr,-. -.■- • ^^rl. 
Grant Street, I)S. 

A an land, Ohio. 



Volume XLV 
Number 5 




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BENE VOLENCE DA Y 



THE LAST SUNDAY IN FEBRUARY 



An Offering From Every Brethren Church 

for 

Superannuated Ministers 

and 

The Brethren Home 



The Psalmist said: " I liave been young, and now am 
old; yet have I never seen the righteous forsaken, nor 
his seed begging bread." 

Will the Brethren Church in the light of the whole 
Gospel and of this twentieth century permit the sight 
of God's people begging for a home and sustenance? 

Our Offering will be our answer. 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



An Evaluation of the Christian Religion— B. T. Burnworth, 2 

A Lesson for Brethren People — Editor, 3 

Editorial Eeview, 3 

The Church and Her College — Dr. E. E. Jacobs, 4 

Moderator 's Message — A. T. Wirick, 4 

By Eadio to America 's Heart — Henry van Dyke, 6 

Feetwashing a Private Church Ordinance — ^A Eeply — A. J. 

Ramey, 7 

Baptism and Feetwashing — Homer Anderson, 7 

On Profaning the Sabbath— D. C. Whitmer, 8 



The Power of Faith — Adda M. Inboden, 

The Spirit of Prayer— G. S. Baer, 

Efficient Sunday School Administration (II) — G. F. Kem, .... 

White Gifts— I. D. Slotter, 

Christian Endeavor Encouraging Church Loyalty — Hazel 

Keiser, 

Brother Boardman 's First Impressions, 

News from the Field, \ 13-1( 

Announcements, K 

The Tie That Binds and In the Shadow, 1( 



EDITORIAL 



An Evaluation of the Christian Religion. (II) By b. t. Burnworth 



In 2nd Corinthians 3:17 Paul says, "Now the Lord is that 
Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty." Think- 
ing at once of freedom which is spiritual and glorious and not legal 
as to the law we are reminded of John 8:32, "And ye shall know the 
truth and the truth shall make you free." There can be no doubt 
here that knowledge is freedom, ajid that much salvation does come 
through education. I consider it a most vital theme that we are 
free creatures only in Christ Jesus. Men still not a few like the 
Jew of old would lord it over us in the name of orthodoxy but let 
us enjoy our freedom and let the heathen rage and imagine a vain 
thing if they will. 

The Great Emancipator is not Lincoln, Wilberforce, Booker T. 
Washington nor Cromwell but Jesus Christ. He is an emancipator 
because he is the great Life Giver. Now I must ask whom did 
Jesus set free that he should be called "The Great Emancipator?" 
1st. Some Emancipations we have known. 

England is still singing the praises of Cromwell because he was 
the friend of the common people, broke up the landed estates, gave 

1st. Some Emancipations wo have known. 

As to our own Lincoln after prejudice has passed and politics 
forgotten and the righteousness of his oause considered he is even 
greater than Cromwell; like him in that it was against landlord 
aristocracy, but greater because the heart of a white man was bleed- 
ing for a black brother. The South was only better in their slav- 
ery, that they brought with them, in that they chose the black man 
for their slaves, and, if better at all, because the black man natur- 
ally was a servant. 

I mentioned B. T. Washington, for the freed illiterate negro was 
still really a slave to the cunning and duplicity of those who took 
advantage of him. Washington saw the need of education for his 
race and applied it industrially, economically, socially and religious- 
ly and he wrought so well that his work goes on and the negTo has 
proven he has not only a soul but a brain susceptible to cultivation 
even under the most extenuating circumstances. Suffice it now to 
siay, omitting Moses and others, in this realm that theirs is a 
threatened slavery as insidious and sinister in our day as the world 
has ever witnessed it — "It is the slavery of religious serfdom." 

2nd. The Spirit of God as an Emanciator in the field of religion. 



We cannot go deeply into this vast historic field but nothing is mon 
ridiculous than the' crimes that have been committed in the name o; 
religion. We at once think of Mohammedanism whose history ii 
written by the tip of a sword bathed in the blood of freedmeni. Poo: 
bleeding Armenia is the modern illustration. What is true of oni 
pagan religion is true of all of them, and I do not exclude Bomai 
Catholicism here for its policy has been coercion, fear, and super 
stition that grows out of a profound ignorance. This will be a fin< 
time to say that the "truth would set them free." Surely the monl 
and the nun are great slaves. 

Outlining 'history as rapidly as Mr. Wells would we can onl^ 
mention the Spanish Inquisition and the French Revolution a: 
in the field of slavery and even religion for they had forgottei 
God, and the bloody arena of Rome knew no end until rebuked bj 
Christianity. 

Now think of the Jew. He was religious and intolerable in hi 
religion as many of our wholly sanctified folk today, yet he was < 
slave to the letter of the law and its works. He had no Spirit. Tha 
uas so literally true that Jesus had to establish his kingdom outsidi 
of the ecelesiasticism of that day. He that hath not the Spirit o: 
God is none of his, and the Jew proved he was not, for after thi 
letter had been obsen'ed his conscientious scruples enaed and he ha( 
no further compunction in his dealings with the heathen comnierc 
ially or even matrimonially, and then God had to make slaves ou 
of them that he might make them free, when they would be willin; 
to accept the spirit and the truth. 

3rd. Christ the Emancipator. 

The freedom the Jew missed was given to the Gentiles. It's ! 
wonderful study, what we have done with it. It's a story of burn 
ings at the stake, using the Bible as a bludgeon to brain heretics, o: 
■witchcraft, of religious bigots making galling creedal yokes unti 
freedmen fled to the wilderness and there worshipped God as thej 
pleased and pleased God. 

In this spirit of freedom was born a Protestantism that is nov 
equally determined to shake off newly cast shackles, as Luther di( 
the shackles of Catholicism, and our fathers did those of the Stat( 
church, and across the seas they came for no other reason than re 
ligious freedom. Our own church fathers, following in the footstepi 



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of others, fled G-ermany and later Holland, and came to Pennsylvania, 
thanking God for religious freedom, declaring themselves against a 
creed and ttking the New Testament as their rule of faith and prac- 
tice. If I mistake not they allowed every man to read and inter- 
pret for himself, agreeing on essentials and having liberty on non- 
essentials. As I understand the church I was born and reared in 
and have thus far served in, its very spirit and genius has been 
that of the pioneer and the emancipated. Who is it that dares put 
the yoke upon us? Those not moved by the spirit of God; for man 
is a slaveholder, God is an emancipator. Man is a legalist, Christ 
is a spiritist. Man is narrow but there is a wideness in God's 
mercy like the wideness of the sea.. So at least any attempt to 
enslave after years of freedom, suffice it to say, is not inspired by 
the Spirit of the Lord. 
Lanark, Illinois. 



A Lesson for Brethren People 

"We were impressed by a recent statement from the National 
"Welfare Council of the Roman Catholic church, which indicates that 
one of their plans for 1923 is to put a Catholic paper into every 
CathoUe home in America. They now have 1,367,000 homes receiving 
at least one of their papers in the United States. The Catholics are 
good propagandists, they know the power of the printed page. This 
is a thing that we do not know as we ought. "We have made com- 
mendable progress in the last few years, but there is danger that we 
shall play the child in the spurt we 'have made and grow weary of 
our effort at extending the circulation of our own publications. A 
great many of our churches have done a fine thing in putting The 
Evangelist in every home, but there are a goodly number that ought 
yet to swing into line, and those that have put their hands to the 
plow ought never to look back yearningly on the old way for the 
sake of a few dollars. No church can afford to have a single home 
without the paper that upholds its interests and proclaims its doc- 
trines. For be it known to every congregation that the placing of 
The Evangelist in every home redounds as greatly, if not more so, 
to the interest of the local church as to the publishing house. We 
wish it were possible to make this truth really understood by every 
Brethren heart. It would mean much for the growth and stability 
of the church. And we would no longer need to plead our own case, 
for the publishing house would be taken care of if every congrega- 
tion were wisely concerned about guaranteeing to every home of its 
constituency its own church literature. Let us learn this lesson 
from the Catholics. 



EDITORIAL REVIEW 



Brother L. A. Myers, pastor of the Hudson, Iowa, church, writes 
that things are going fine with his people. He closed a meeting just 
before Christmas with thirteen decisions. 

"White Gifts are still coming in and the indications are that the 
goal will be reached. Those who have taken offerings should send 
'them in promptly. See Brother Slotter's report m this issue. 

Brother E. I. Humberd, pastor at Koann, Indiana, advises us 
that the total Home Mission offering from that church was $221.84, 
instead of $205.84 as the amount given in Brother Gearhart's late 
report totaled. 

Brother Teeter says he is beginning to receive some enocuraging 
reports from isolated members to whom he sent solicitations regard- 
ing the Publication Day offering. Doubtless the offerings from the 
churches will soon be pouring in, and they ought to really pour in 
if the Publishing House debt is to be met. 

The report of Brother Homer Anderson shows that the Campbell, 
Michigan church is loyal to all the general interests of the brother- 
hood, and are at the same time making progress locally. Brother 
Anderson has been retained for his third year as pastor of these 
good people. 



As we were going to press word came from Dr. Bame that he 
had just closed a meeting at Canton, Ohio with over 50 confessions; 
13 men on the last night. He goes from there for a week to 
Churches of the Brethren in and around Philadelphia with his Bicen- 
tenary message. 

BENEVOLENCE DAY, FEBRUARY 25, is the day we make an 
offering for the Superannuated Ministers' Fund and the Brethren 
Home. Let every church do its share. And remember that there are 
two treasurers to whom you should send an offering, one for Super- 
annuated Ministers and one for the Brethren Home. See "An- 
nouncements" department for instructions. 

It is true that Jesus Christ does not save men en masse, but 
individually, one by one, however he expects to and does save society 
through masses of saved individuals. The saved individual who 
does not seek to clean up and purify and Christianize the social 
order is not truly saved. 

The Shipshewana Lake proposition launched by the Indian.a State 
Conference last year seems to be no longer an experiment. They 
built their tabernacle, held their Bible conference and the people 
came in large numbers. Now they are planning further improve- 
ments. The park is being beautified, a Sisterhood dormitory and 
dining hall is to be erected and cottages are going up. Read the 
committee's report in this issue. 

At Bethlehem, Virginia, a successful revival was conducted vnth 
Brother A. B. Cover as the evangelist. The meeting resulted in sev- 
enteen; additions to the church, which added to others received in v^ 
the months preceding the revival total an increase of twenty-two 
in membership. Brother C. C. Haun is the energetic and efficient 
pastor, and under his leadership the church is moving forward. Both 
pastor and evangelist give interesting reports in this issue. 

An excellent report comes from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where 
Brother A. L. Lynn, after only a few months as pastor, has won his 
way into the hearts of these good people who are giving substan- 
tial svidenee of their appreciation. Brother Lynn also speaks of his 
work with the Sterling-Smithville pastorate where with the hearty 
co-operation of the people he was able to do a splendid piece of work, 
purchasing a church house in Sterling and building one in Smith- 
ville. 

A great many people love to sing, "When Jesus comes to re- 
ward his servants," but, judging by the nuiflber who seem to be 
living at ease in Zion, there will be no small number disappointed 
in the matter of reward, for we are told that When Jesus does come, 
"he shall reward every man according to his works." 

Brother Gilbert L. Maus writes of the closing of the work at 
Bryan, Ohio, and the beginning of his pastorate at Peru, Indiana. 
The record of the work accomplished and the Kingdom growth real- 
ized is such that no one would need be ashamed of it. The 123 addi- 
tions to the church roll speaks well for the united effort of pastor 
and people during those six years. His work at Peru has started off 
with much promise and the church has already been greatly strength- 
ened numerically and spiritually under his leadership. 

In Dr. Jacobs' College News he mentions the death of Paul 
Cover, son of Brother and Sister A. B. Cover, both of whom are well 
known to the brotherhood. Paul passed out of this life very sud- 
denly on January 22 of acute dilation of the heart, at the age of 
twenty-one years. We hg,d known Paul only a short time, but he had 
already proven himself to be a young man of exemplary Ufe. Brother 
A. B. Cover is a member of the editorial staff of The Evangelist an'd 
we bespeak the sympathy and prayers of our readers in behalf of 
both him and Sister Cover and their daughter, Ada. 

In church life as in domestic life, !' Absence makes the heart 
gi'ow fonder" — for someone else. The church member who unneces- 
sarily and wilfully absents himself from the services of God's house, 
and yet protests that he is not losing his interest in the church and 
things spiritual, is simply framing an excuse to cover his growing 
love for the world. 



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GENERAL ARTICLES 



The Church and Her College. By President E..E. Jacobs 

According to the reports of various committees which church is supporting here, so far as endowment is concerned, 
have been charged with the task of determining just when a college with an attendance of a hundred students, but the 
an edticational institution may be regarded as a college and truth is, we now have twice that number ! Or to put it 
when not, the following conditions should be taken into another way, the College, has run away ahead of the church 
account, y'iz.., physical plant, endowment, number of students supporting it, for we are operating a college that ought, 
in attendance, teaching staff, courses, requirements for en- according to the best judgment of those who know, be sup- 
trance and for graduation. Other conditions are recom- ported with an endowment of three or four hundred thou- 
mended, but these are vital. sand dollars, employing at least fourteen teachers. 

In general, all of these factors revolve around the The grounds, the buildings— four of them now,— the 

finances, for, given a sufficient amount of money any col- student body, the teaching staff, the general output in grad- 

lege board could surround itself with the other conditions nates, pubUcations (such as the Collegian and the Aimual), 

necessary for college work. • the Gospel Teams, the Athletic Teams, the Glee Club, and 

Eight departments A^dth at least one full time professor ^^^e help generally given to the church and the local com- 

with a Master's degree, is the minimum in this regard. One mumty,-all these are far and away more than could either 

hundred students all above school grade are required in or- ^'^. expected or demanded of such a financially humble m- 

der to have sufficient material upon which to work, and ?titution 1 dare say that there is not a Protestant college 

there should be one teacher for every ten students. Enough "^ t.^e United States which is doing more real educational 

courses should be offered so that there may be sufficient business on so little capital than we are doing here. We are 

flexibility to meet the generally prevailing elective system ^ ^^oll^ge of two hundred students but our finances measure 

of the present day. At least one hundred and twenty semes- ^^P t° ^bout what a college of ha f that attendance would be 

ter hours should be required for graduation and four years expected to get along with and do justice to the young peo- 

of high school work for entrance. The physical plant, — ^ ^ em o ling. _ „ ,,r , , , „ , , , 

athletic field, gymnasium, library, laboratories, and recita- . And what of the future? Watchman, tell us what the 

tion rooms-should be modern and of sufficient capacity to ^igns are? Well, m my last report widely distributed these 

meet modern demands. In other words, students should not ^^^^^?f °^^T^^a^n iq no 

be cheated by the college with which they enroll. linroiiment ^^^^-^° jA 

The income should be at least thirty thousand dollars, iqoooq '/ '+'•' ' ' 1'a\ itc; 

one-half of which should come from invested endowment and I9^Z-Zd (estimated) '. . ll'o 

one-half from tuitions and gifts or other sources. One Tuitions 1921-22 $ 9,187.00 

thousand dollars should be spent annually on new books. 1922-23 (estimated) 12,000.00 

But let us look at this farther. But the facts are that both of the above estimates were 

Thirty thousand dollars income, one-half of which wrong for the attendance is past 200 and the income from 

should come from invested, unrestricted endowment, means tuitions will be over $17,000.00. My estimate for next year 

three hundred thousand dollars invested at 5 percent. The is, 230 in the college with of course the attendmg increase 

other fifteen thousand from tuitions, means an enrollment from tuitions. If we are to have here 230 young people to 

of one hundred fifty students with tuition at one hundred train in the Chi'istian way of living and thinking, why talk 

dollars apiece, or some equivalent condition. about hunting for oppoi'tunities for either investment of 

Now Ashland College passes the minimum requirement influence or money? Next year, and the next, we will offer 

by a very good margm in every respect but one, — the en- a supreme challenge to the church and to her individual 

dowment. We need another one hundred thousand dollars members who have vision. God has led the way to this high 

of unrestricted permanent endowment. In other words, the point and shall we not put ourselves at his disposal so that 

present endowmet is of sufficient size to support a school he may continue to lead on and on? 
of only one hundred students. . In still other words, the Ashland, Ohio. 



Moderator's Message to Indiana Conference. By a. t. wirick 



{Held at North Liberty, October 2-6 1922) 



To the ministers and lay delegates of this the thirty- 
fifth annual conference of the Brethren churches of Indiana, 
I esteem it a great privilege to bring you this message. 

You have seen fit to call me to this place of honor, 
thinking I might be of some service to you. I, as you see, 
have been willing to make the effort to try and serve you. 

If the success of this conference depends upon great 
executive ability, you have made a poor choice; but trust- 
ing in Almighty God for wisdom, and with the help and 
counsel of my more able Brethren, I will throw myself on 
the good grace of all and hope we may make this the best 
conference in our history. To this end, I want to call your 
attention in this address to the things that have occurred 
that make possible such a meeting as this, and also point 
out to you the direction that I believe the heavenly Father 
would have us as a church to continue to travel. 

I believe that as a church we are nearer the practice of 



the apostles, and stand more nearly on the ground of the 
primitive church than any other body of people in the world 
today, so lest Ave forget the pit from which we have been 
dug, let us look at the terrible struggle it has cost to get 
to the place where we can say "Our Motto is the Whole 
Bible for the Whole World." 

The Apostles started at the empty grave of a dead Jew 
with the simple message that he was the risen Christ, and 
made converts by the thousands among all classes. 

In the short space of sixty-five years the Gospel was 
preached the length and breadth of the Mediterranean 
Sea and throughout the Roman Empire. This gospel would 
have filled the earth as the waters cover the sea vsdtli the 
knowledge of God then and there, if the ministry of iniquity 
had not already worked. 

Vain men arose and warmed themselves into power. 
They brought in Pagan philosophy, sought the support of 



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the moneyed influences, the state, and all kind of worldly 
power, until at last they had what they called a Christian 
Emperor. 

Then knowledge became the property of the few ; ignor- 
ance the heritage of the masses ; overseers became priests ; 
presiding priests became archbishops. If he presided over 
a nation he was a cardinal. When he presided over the 
whole world he became a pope until in the year of 666 A. D. 
we have a full grown pope, the so called visible head of the 
church — Lord God the Pope. 

While they thus made great organizations and great 
men, they took the Bible away from the people until great 
darkness covered the earth. It was the millennium of the 
Papacy. It looked like the light from God was crushed out ; 
that hell had prcA^ailed. 

The question was. Can the truth of God rise out of this 
and give poor humanity one more opportunity? Yes! but 
it cost the blood of millions of martyrs to give us back our 
Bible. Let me mention a few — Wycliffe for translating the 
Bible into English was put in prison. Speech after speech 
was made against him by high church men. His answer to 
the king and others Avas, "I wrote this volume, I will de- 
ifend it Mdth my ashes at the stake, and I will make a plow- 
boy know the Scriptures better than you, Oh King. ' ' 

A. M. Tindel was bumed at the stake for trying to give 
the Bible to the English tongue, but no edict could stop it. 

John Huss, Cramer, and others made efforts to restore 
the Book and met similar fates at the stake. But God as of 
old said. Let there be light and there was light. The people 
were now aroused and clammered for the Bible in their o'wm 
language, so the bishops made a translation calling it the 
bishop's Bible. At last the king took it \vp and appointed 
his translators. As a result we got the King James' Trans- 
lation. It cost a lot of human blood and effort but it was 
■worth it. 

Then came Luther and took issue with the Pope's un- 
written Bible or traditions. For this the Pope excommuni- 
'eated him. To get even with the Pope, Luther also excom- 
imunicated the Pope. 

John Calvin took issue with their doctrine of good 
works; they claiming that man can do more than the Lord 
requires, and that this can be transferred to other parts of 
our character where we fail, or to some one else. They 
meant by these good works, paying money to the priest for 
praying some one out of purgatory. Calvin claimed this was 
a lie and a swindle. 

Then came John Wesley. He was shocked for the want 
Df piety in the Church of England. He began to call men 
together to pray for personal holiness and a deeper Avork of 
grace. He was so strict and methodical in his mode of liv- 
ing and study of the Scriptures lie was called a Methodist 
ifter a class of physicians who lived long before his day. 

You will note that none of these reformers, good as 
"hey were, aimed at getting back to Apostolic Christianity, 
rhey aimed to reform certain bad practices in the churches 
)f their day. 

Going back in the early part of the seventeenth centui-y, 
.ve find Alexander Mack and his followers had a different 
lim. They sought to study the Bible and follow its teach- 
ngs and practices wherever it might lead them, thus restor- 
ng prhnitive Christianity to the church. 

They found that baptism was by triune immersion and 
hey had never been baptized according to Matthew 28 :19- 
!0, so they baptized each other by triune immersion and in 
urn baptized others. Thus they studied their Bible, and 
ifter due consideration they sought to folloiv all its teach- 
ngs. They defended what they had done and pei^uaded 
'thers to do likewise. This raised opposition and persecu- 
ion. Their enemies said everything against them they 
ould; called them duckers, dippers, divers, comparing them 
water fowls, and other things to degrade them. 

Even in this country the Puritans, who sought an asy- 
am in America to escape persecution, turned and persecuted 
he Immersionists, even to death. This led them to plead for 



religious liberty! Thus we see the dawning of free speech, 
free press, and the religious liberty which we now enjoy. 
Washington, Franldin, Jefferson and others ha^ all this 
before them, and incorporated these ideas in American in- 
stitutions, thus we owe much of oiir liberty to them. 

Time went on and we find the followers of Luther did 
not go on to original ground but sub.sided into a sect called 
Lutherans. 

Calvin's followers did not rise to original ground but 
subsided into a sect now styled Presbyterians. 

Wesley's followers subsided into the Methodist sect. In 
like manner the children of Alexander Mark subsided into a 
sect and law-making body, and lof.t sight of the original aim 
and purpose of the church. 

At last H. R. Holsinger and his friends found themselves 
in an age where instead of the unwritten traditions of the 
Papacy, the written traditions of Protestants, in the form of 
creeds, confessions, discipline and annual meeting rules, sup- 
planted the law of God and set aside almost as effectually 
as the Pope had done. They then arose against these things 
and demanded that nothing short of a complete return to 
the original ground occupied by the apostles in both faith 
and practice would meet the Divine approbation. Above 
this aim no human beings can rise. They took the Bible, 
the whole Bible, not only in words but in deeds. No won- 
der they succeeded. 

We are but a small band, but we have some big truths 
the old world needs to hear now. If we follow the leading 
of these men we can plainly see that the Kingdom of God 
does not rest on a string of human opinions but on the liv- 
ing Christ. He is the very soul of the Bible, the founda- 
tion of the Faith. All the prophets pointed to him until he 
came. All records made since point back to him, all rests 
on him. He quotes Moses and the prophets as the word of 
God and indorses the Old Testament. 

On calling and sending the apostles and confirming them 
by signs and wonders he indorses them and thus confirms 
the New Testament and the whole Bible. Its entire author- 
ity rests on him. The man who believes on him is bound to 
lielieve the -whole Bible. The man who receives him receives 
the whole Volume in him. God has embodied the entire 
faith in a single proposition so that a man receives or rejects 
it all at once. It is all in one proposition that Jesus is the 
Christ. When you accept this you accept the entire revela- 
tion from God and if you render the obedience that goes 
with it, you will be saved. This is our sane, simple message 
to a confused world today. 

When men accept this they will not believe their sins 
are pardoned because they feel it, but they will feel it be- 
cau'-e they believe on him who said, He that believeth and 
is Ijaptized shall be saved. 

Brethren, let us make no .shallow pretense of being 
miraculously called and qualified or that any new revela- 
tions have been made, but let us go out and maintain that 
the Bible is the last will and testament from God. That it 
is complete, and that no man in the world can know any- 
thing about the will of God to man only as he learns it 
directly or indirectly from this Book. 

It A^ill not do to say -we do not undei'stand it. All the 
light we get or have to guide us is from this Book and it 
will guide us home if we follow its teaching. This being 
tnie, wliat a responsibility it places upon us to maintain the 
ground already won, and push this gospel to the ends of 
the earth. The question we should all be asking is. What 
can I do to help? Where shall we begin? The answer came 
to me like this, as I was preparing this address: 

I looked back over twenty-five years' work in the Breth- 
ren Conference of Indiana. I feel that our most effectual 
and far reaching work as a church has been done through 
our state mission work and maintainmg a healthy growth 
on the local fields. 

In our state work we are like a nursery garden where 
men set aside a i^lot nf ground for the propagation of all 
kinds of plants, shrubs, and young trees, which need con- 



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stant care, incessant watchfulness and careful gardening. It 
contains the reserve stock of young plants for supplying 
failure by disease, accident and death in all the surround- 
ing gardens, private as well as public. They are all indebted 
and they all look to the nursery garden for their supply. 

We heard the cheering news from our foreign field, our 
College and Publishing House through the report at Nation- 
al Conference, but in this conference we must look after the 
nursery garden to which they are indebted. Neglect this 
and when our missionaries and teachers fall in far-off fields 
of battle, who shall take up the weapons droppmg from their 
dying hands? 

We, like the church of old, must begin at Jerusalem, 
then go to Judea, Samaria, and on to the uttermost parts of 
the earth. 

We ill Indiana have learned not to neglect our most in- 
significant, our most out-of-the-way little Bethels, because 
although they camiot give us a large collection towards our 
colleges and public movements, yet some of our greatest 
preachers have come from our small churches. 

Young men as a rule do not b'egin preaching in large 
churches. There are too many doctors and critics there. As 
a rule a young man wants to try his wings in the village 
church or country sanctuary. Commercialism and big sal- 
aries tempt too many of our young men from the city into 
other fields of labor. 

Let us make no mistake, a sickly and be-dwarfed church 
at home Avill never furnish the required laborers or funds for 
the work in foreign fields. What can Ave do then to make 
ourselves a greater power for good? First, let us strength- 
en and intensify our own conception of duty. Let us re- 
member we are playing a mighty part in restoring primi- 
tive Christianity to the churches and sects around us. Let 
us continue to push into the to"wns and cities, and establish 
new churches. Let us seek in every way to build up the ones 
we already have. 

When I look around me at some of our fine congrega- 
tions, now flourisliing and remember that a few years ago 
they were weak and straggling, I am convinced we have a 
plea that will Avin if we continue to contend for the faith 
once delivered to the saints. 

South Bend has caught the vision and there is arising 
there out of the ashes of the old church the finest equipped 
plant among us, in the middle west, costing at least $60,000. 

The church at North Liberty in which you are now 
gathered, has recently been enlarged and beautified at an 
expense of about four thousand dollars. 



The Brethren at Corinth have come forward with a fiv 
thousand dollar improvement to their equipment. 

A fine Old Folk Home and Orphanage is arising in Flor£ 

A fine new tabernacle has been built at Shipshewan 
Lake and is estimated to be worth four thousand dollars 
Here we may gather for prayer, fellowship, and inspiratior 
All these things point to the fact that we are making pre 
gress and getting ready for some mighty victories. 

In view of the things I have already said I would r( 
spectfully submit the foUoAving recommendations: First- 
That we seek some way of entering new mission fields eve: 
if it be necessary to go back to our old plan of putting on 
man in charge of two fields, thus developing two fields wit 
the same expenditure of time and money we now spend o; 
one. 

Second — That if at all possible we secure the service 
of some good man as District Evangelist to give all or pai 
of his time in looking up new fields, and caring for wea 
churches and getting idle pastors into active work on sue 
fields as he can and that he be permitted to solicit funds t 
help in this work, both from individuals and churches. Thi 
is to be in addition to the regular state mission apportior 
ment and to be used to apply on his salary. 

Third — That we continue to conduct our Bible Confe: 
ence and camp meeting at Shipshewana Lake and that w 
endeavor to build up a Brethren retreat there, where ou 
folks can gather annually for fellowship, prayer, and Bibl 
study, and that a committee be appointed to arrange a bi 
rally day in connection with the Sunday school and Chris 
tian Endeavor convention to be held there and that all th 
children from our churches be invited to a big dinner, wit 
ice cream and peanuts free to all. The expense to be m« 
by apportioning it to the schools according to the numbe 
present from each church, and that all surrounding school 
make this their annual picnic day, and all join in togethe 
for recreation and worship on such date as seems best fo 
all concerned. 

Fourth — Since it is already apparent that we need 
dormitory for the girls who may come there to help in th 
music at camp meeting and for mission study, also a plac 
for mission workers who may be there at such times, I woul 
further recommend a second committee be appointed by thi 
conference known as a committee on buildings and ground 
to receive such gifts and oiferings as may be made by ind 
vidtials or churches, and use the same in purchasing Ian 
and erecting such buildings as may be needed in the growt 
and development of this movement: 

South Bend, Indiana. 



BY RADIO TO AMERICA'S HEART. By Henry van Dyke 

Yoa can hear them crying if yoar heart is tuned to the key of humanity 



Into the bright mirt> of our sheltered homes, into the 
peaceful murmur of our country's prosperous life, there 
comes a strange and piercing cry — a sound of many voices 
moaning, -wailing and lamenting — broken men, outraged 
v,-omen, and bewildered little children, thousands, yes myr- 
iads of suffering souls in wounded, starving bodies, crying 
HELP! HELP! 

These are the exiles of Christ in the Near East, driven 
foi'th by the Turk to wander and perish. You can hear 
them crying if your heart is tuned to the key of humanity. 

NOW LISTEN, for the voices are coming together, 
blending, uniting in a strong and piteous appeal. The little 
ones are gathering in companies, regiments, armies, led by 
wise and valiant guides from America, marching with bleed- 
ing feet over bleak mountains and in wild valleys and 
through dusty deserts, plodding painfully to reach their 
cities of refuge. It is the new Children's Crusade, not set- 
ting out to conquer the sacred place of the Cross, as in the 
old time, but each one carrying a cross into banishment for 
the name of Clirist. 



NOW LISTEN AGAIN, for many of them, perhaps 
hundred thousand, have reached the shelters provided o 
the slopes of Mt. Athos, Mt. Zion, Mt. Lebanon, in Nazaretl 
on the Bosphorus; their hunger has been stayed; thei 
wounds have been bound up. Now with their crying 
little sound of thin and quavering song is mingled ; for the 
are only children after all, and they will sing if a chance i 
given. What are they singing! 

Jesus, tender shepherd, hear me; 

Bless thy little lamb tonight; 
Through the darkness be thou near me; 

Keep me safe till morning light. 

WELL, shall they be kept? Let our great countr 
speak and act with all her might to make peace on earth- 
peace with power. But, meantime, we, personally must ai 
swer this closer question. Shall these little lost lambs t 
kept? And how? 

How near is the Near East to us? , 

That depends on how near we are to Christ. 



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"Feet Washing A Private Church Ordinance"— A Reply 



By A. J. Ramey 



I would like to say a few words in reply to the article 
by Brother George A. Copp in favor of practicing the ordi- 
nance of feet-washing in private. The good brother who 
wrote it has no better fi-iend than I am, and I write these 
word's in the spirit of kindness, but we must stand by the 
facts. 

First, in regard to churches being divided, there is but 
one true church and Christ has left the plan for his church. 
iWho has the power to change his plan? Here is where the 
di"sasions begin. Shall we follow Christ or man's opinions? 

The way the practice of feet-washing impresses people 
depends much on the atmosphere that surrounds the service 
and on where people's minds are allowed to dwell. When I 
look upon that greatest of paintings by Leonardo de Vinci 
entitled The Last Supper, I begin to think what that hour 
means to every follower of Christ. And then I I'emember 
that along with that last supper, there is not only the bread 
and the wine, but also the feet washing, for we are com- 
manded to wash one another's feet. When we come together, 
then, in this service, it should be a solemn hour to every 
Christian and our minds should be serious. The thoughts of 
all, young as well as old, should be upon the meaning of the 
service and not upon what others are thiaking or upon who 
may be looking. 

A great deal depends on the leader of the service. I 
have attended' communion at places where the leader had 
the attention of all present — Chi"istian and non-Christian — 



and Ms good message stirred all with holy thoughts. There 
was the very best of attention, and those who did not engage 
in the service were very respectful. Again I have been at 
communions M'here the leader did not have the attention of 
the people. The spiidt of worship and of seriousness did not 
prevail. There Avas hurry and talking and noise and con- 
fusion and no deep thoughts. On such occasion I felt 
ashamed of the Ai-ay the service was practiced. First and 
last this should be a solemn, time, an hour of deep thought. 
All should be done in order, with no noise or confusion. 

Whenever we meet to partake of the Lord's supper, let 
us think as seriously of feet washing as of the meal and en- 
gage in both Avitli the same solemn spirit, realizmg what it 
all means and there will be no embarrassment. If we begin 
to show embarrassment at the practicing of feet washing and 
stay aM-ay form the ser-sdce, as some do now, we will encoui'- 
age the dropping of this part of the service. Christ left the 
plans for the church and gave it instructions. Who has the 
power to change what Christ has planned? The church of 
Jesus Christ is as steadfast as the sun and the things it 
stands for, and we must not attempt to change anything. 
But let every communion be an hour of love, humility and 
solemnity. And let the leader insist on order, encourage 
serious thinking and be ready to give full reason for the 
occasion. This is a time when no whispering, or laughter or 
.jokes should be tolerated. It is a solemn hour and every- 
body should be able to feel it. 

Manassas, Virginia. 



Baptism and Feet Washing. By Homer Anderson 



After reading the article of Brother Copp's in The 
Evangelist a few weeks ago, I thought I would like to ex- 
press myself in regard to the two ordinances — baptism and 
feet-washing. These two ordinances have been subjects of 
much criticism which might have been avoided with proper 
equipment provided and proper care exercised. Baptism is 
the more openly practiced and greater care need's to be ex- 
ercised that nothing shall detract from its sacredness. Esi>e- 
eially when baptism is administered in rivers or lakes, prep- 
arations should be made in advance for taking proper care 
of every person baptized as they are coming out of the 
water. 

I think it is important that every applicant be properly 
dressed for baptism, in a way that is modest and in keeping 
with the spirit of the service. The little things that help to 
make a service beautiful and impressive and the little things 
that may be avoided that detract from its impressiveness 
dave much to do with the influence made on the minds of 
:hose who Avitness the service. I believe every church ought 
:o be provided with suitable robes to put on the applicants 
lov baptism. This would add much to the beauty of the ser- 
nce and would do away with much criticism. Paul said, 
'Let all things be done decently and in order." This would 
lelp to make Paul's admonition possible in this service. 

Feet-washing is also a beautiful and sacred service, and 
iare should be exercised so there is the least possible cause 
•'or criticism in obseiwing the ordinance. Sometimes people 
!ome to the sei-A-ice merely because they are curious and 
lave no respect for the ordinance. I would insist on proper 
)rder in the first place on the part of all who are there 
nerely to look on. And in the second place I am in favor 
)f providing rooms in which the members can retire to en- 
gage in the ordinance, where the spirit of devotion can be 
I'eeper and the embarrassment of unsympathetic onlookers 
!an be avoided. Where no rooms are built, they can be 
nade with curtains. By leaving the tables and resorting to 



such rooms properly arranged and equipped and then re- 
tiirning to the tables after the washing of the saints' feet, 
we are only doing what Paul advised when he said, ' ' Let all 
things be done decently and in order." 
Campbell, Michigan. 



THE SIMPLE-HEARTED AND THE DOUBTER 

"Thou shalt see greater things than these" (John 1: 
50). Nathanael was easily con^anced. He had expressed 
some doubt about anything good coming from Nazareth, 
yet by accepting Philip's invitation, he no sooner comes iiito 
the presence of Jesus than he surrenders completely in an 
eager and ardent confession of faith. Jesus apparently 
noted the ease with which this new disciple was made, and 
there is at least the hint that the Master would have pre- 
ferred that he had been slower in making up his mind. Man- 
ifestly he was without guile, as Jesus described him. 

Nathanael is a type of those hearts that receive Christ 
uiDon introduction and slight subsequent acquaintance. They 
do not demand the "greater things," because they are more 
than satisfied with the first tokens. They come, they see, 
and straightway they accept him. But Jesus is prepared to 
reach those hearts that more stubbornly resist. The Gospel 
is not only for the credulous and the easily persuaded. 
Christ is always offering a superabundance of evidence. He- 
stands ready to give, not the minimum, but the maximum of 
proof. After he has satisfied simple-hearted Nathanael, he 
proceeds to meet the requirements of doubting Thomas.— 
W. L. Goldsmith in Christian Herald. 



A man can counterfeit love, he can counterfeit faith, he 
can counterfeit hope, and all the other graces, but it is very 
difficult to counterfeit humility. You soon detect mock 
humility. — D. L. Moody. 



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THE BRETHREN PULPIT 



On Profaning the Sabbath Day. By c. p. whitmer 

TEXT: "Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thiag is this 
that ye do, and profane the Sabbath day? Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all 
this evil upon us, and upon this city? Yet ye bring more wrath upon the children of Israel by profan- 
ing the Sabbath." Nehemiah 13:17, 18. 



Pew subjects have been more discussed of late than 
that of the question of the Sabbath or Lord 's Day. Various 
views are taken by different parties. Some would put all 
distinction of days doMTi entirely, and leave men to act as 
they please. Others would enforce a Jewish strictness of its 
observance, while others look at the Sabbath as a question 
both involving duties and privileges; but take a medium 
course between the Jewish strictness and continental laxity. 
We contend for the observance of the Lord's Day because 
Ave have been commanded for ages back to "Remember the 
Sabbath Day and keep it holy. 

What do we contend for in reference to our faith? Now 
we contend, first, for a cessation from all secular labor and 
toil. 

First. The facts stated in reference to the institution 
of the first Sabbath. "Thus the heavens and the earth were 
finished, and all the host of them, and on the seventh day 
God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on 
the seventh day from all his work wMch he had made. And 
God blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it because that 
in it he had rested from all his works which he created and 
made (Gen. 2:1-3). Here was the Divine Architect setting 
the illustroiis example to his intelligent creatures. 

Second. On its introduction into the moral code, as given 
on Mt. Sinai^ "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy." 
"Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work, but the 
seventh is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God, etc. (Exodus 
20:8-11) How about your unfinished task, brother? Do 
you leave it over till Monday or do you think that here is 
another chance to earn another dollar? In Exodus how defi- 
nite and exact is the whole language. Now, those who call 
it Jewish forget it existed two thousand years before Abra- 
ham, the father of the Jewish race was born. It became a 
part of the code which still stand's entire. Now are not the 
argiiments unsei-vable? 

Third. On the essential fitness of things. Because it 
was evidently so, when God ordered it. To dispute this is 
to dispute the infinite wisdom, of God. He deemed the Sab- 
bath's rest necessary to man's constitution and state. But 
if it was so to unfallen things or beings, how much more to 
those who are fallen? It is needful to man's body, mind and 
spirit that he should have a weekly Sabbath. 

But, we contend also, that the Sabbath is a day of moral 
and spiritual improvement. 

First. That the mind and the moral nature of man re- 
quire improvement. 

Second. That it is very criminal to neglect them. 

We have discussed several reasons why we contend for 
an obsei-vance of the Sabbath day, but let us consider. How 
the Sabbath may be profaned. I need not dwell on profan- 
ing it by attendance on our usual secular business. But it 
may be profaned : 

First. By devoting it to indolence, whUing, sleeping, 
or lounging its hours away. While it is for physical rest, 
yet it is not for mental or moral lethargy (or recuperating 
from a previous brawl). No scene is more disgustmg, than 
to see a family in disorder— its members unwashed and all 
in confusion through the, prevailing spirit of sloth, on God's 
day. 

Second. By yielding its hours to foolishness and friv- 
olity. Now there are many things which tend to this kind 
of profanation. Frivolous reading will do it. Frivolous so- 



ciety and parties will d'o it. Mere sight-seeing, and ramblii 
abroad for what is falsely called — pleasure. 

Third. By neglecting the services of religion. I do n 
pretend to say how many we should attend. Our circui 
stances and opportunities must decide that. There needs 
be no law on this point for those who love God and divi 
things. Such wUl ever exclaim, in reference to the hou 
of God: 

"I have been there, and oft would go; 
'Tis like a little heaven below. ' ' 

It is a heinous sin to despise God's house, and to refu 
liim our public homage and worship. Not only is pub] 
worship demanded on the ground of God's claims, but it 
exhiliarating and refreshing, often both to body and min 

Fourth. By mixing the world and the Sabbath t 
gether. By giving God and worship the forenoon and t^ 
world and pleasure the afternoon and evening; by givii 
God certain external duties, and giving the world vain ai 
secular conversation ; by trying thus to serve both God ai 
mammon. This mixture defeats the service of both. 

No doubt, a worldly man, who lives entirely in a worl 
ly atmosphere, may afford much gratification to his earn 
desires; but bring in this religious element, and it will d 
stroy this earthly enjoyment. So the good man will ha 
spiritual enjoyment in God's service, but bring in the worl 
ly element, and it will neutralize it altogether. Yet, he 
tliis is extensively done, by attempting to divide or coi 
promise the Lord's day. 

Then, let us offer some suggestions as to why we shou 
not profane the Sabbath. We should not profane or negle 
the Sabbath, 

First. Because it is God's favorite day. He has disti 
guished it, so should we ; he loves it, so should we. If the 
were no other reason than this, it should suffice; for if a 
love God, our hearts and minds should be in harmony wi 
his. 

Second. It is one day — a part of our patrimony 
God's children. As such we should make the most of 
and also the best of it. 

Third. On account of its typical character. Now the 
are two other Sabbaths, of which this is the external sig 
One of these is the Christian's rest in Christ. "We w] 
have believed have entered into rest. ' ' Then it also poiB 
to the eternal rest of heaven. "There remaineth therefo 
a rest to the people of God." 

Fourth. Because of its connection with the divine bles 
ing. The universal history of nations and countries slio'w 
that the Divine blessing accompanies the honoring and kee 
ing of the Sabbath. 

Wliile laxity, as to the Lord's day, produces dissip 
tion, contempt of religion, etc. ; on the other hand, with 
due observance of the Sabbath, there will be national int( 
ligence, national consideration of morals and manners, ai 
regard for Divine worship. 

First, then let us hold and have right views of the Sa 
bath. A false impression on this subject will lead to a bi 
use of it. 

Second. Let us rightly use the Sabbath ; apply it to i 
true and legitimate purposes. 

Third. Let us not withhold the Sabbath from those c6 



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aected with us. Remembering that as the Sabbath is pre- 
cious to us ; it also ought to be to our servants. 

Finally, devote the Sabbath to a devout preparation for 
the Sabbath of heaven. Here v.n.11 be fruit found for the soul. 
Blessed are the dead, who die in the Lord; for they shall 
rest from their labors. Their future being is one Sabbatical 
service, devoted to Mm that loved them. 
217 Dubail Ave., South Bend, Indiana. 



OUR DEVOTIONAL 



The Power of Faith 

By Adda M. Inboden 

OUR SCRIPTURE 

I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the 
power of God unto salvation, to every one that believeth; 

* * * for therein is the righteousness of God revealed from 
faith to faith; as it is written the just shall live by faith 
(Eom. 1:16-17). According to your faith be it unto you 
(Matt. 9:29). And he said to the woman, "Thy faith hath 
saved thee; go in peace" (Luke 7:50). By faith the walls of 
Jericho fell do^\Ti, after they were compassed about seven 
days (Heb. 11:30). For we walk by faith; not by sight (2 
Cor. 5:7). If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God 

* * * and it shall be given liim. But let him ask in faith, 
nothing wavering (James 1:5-6). And he said unto him, 
"Arise, go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole" (Luke 
17:19). By faith Enoch was transplanted that he should 
not see death (Heb. 11:5). For' the time would fail me to 
tell of Gedeon, Barak, Samson, Jephtha, David and Samuel, 
and of the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, 
wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the 
mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the 
edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed 
valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 
Women received Iheir dead raised to life again (Heb. 11 : 
32-35). Without faith it is impossible to please him (Heb. 
11:6). And seeing their faith, he said unto him, "Man, thy 
sins be forgiven thee" (Luke 5:20). And Jesus said. * * * 
"If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed nothing shall 
be impossible unto you" (Matt. 17:20). 

OUR MEDITATION 

■ "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the 
evidence of things not seen." Faith may also be defined as 
a belief in the truth of revealed religion; or trust and con- 
fidence in the Deity. 

There is no limit to the power of faith. All things that 
are according to God's will, will be granted in response to 
the Christian's faith. What a marvelous power! It can ac- 
complish what no other power can. The blind were made 
to see. the lame to walk, and the dead were raised to life 
because of personal faith. We say those were miracles ; we 
like to think that because we see no such manifestations of 
power now, that this is not a day of miracles. The power of 
God is the same. We have the same promises that the men 
of old had. If we fail it is because we refuse to reach up 
and receive. Faith takes no denial. 

We sing "Faith of our fathers, holy faith." But do 
we ever stop to think why we sing of that faith of the early 
Christians? They were burned at the stake; they were 
roasted on hot irons and baked in ovens especially prepared ; 
they were torn to pieces by cruel animals while men even 
more cruel stood by and eagerly watched ; they were satur- 
ated with oil and fire was applied so that they in untold 
agony might serve as hirman torches for multitudes of rev- 
eling fiends; they suffered death by crucifixion. They chose 
death by these horrible methods rather than to denounce 



their faith in God. Could there be a more wonderfid man- 
ifestation of the power of faith? No wonder we smg "Faith 
of our fathers, holy faith." How consecrated we of today, 
with all our privileges, ought to be to the work of the 
church ! 

Is it true that the church has lost its power? If so, is it 
not chie to a lack of faith 1 How often our religious services 
are powerless! How many powerful prayers leave our 
lips ! How powerless we are as personal workers ! We sing 
and pray, ' ' Lord, send the old-time power. ' ' But we must 
believe in order to receive. 

It seems that never before has there been such a disre- 
spect for the church and Godly people as there now is. We 
wonder how people can have such an utter disregard for 
Christianity. These words may help us to solve the prob- 
lem : ' ' The preaching of the cross is to them that perish, fool- 
ishness; but unto us who are saved, it is the power of 
God." 

Would that the hurrying thousands of today would 
pause a moment and look upward, gaze at the moon and 
stars in their spectral luster, watch the night dissolving into 
the glories of the dawoi, and finally behold the lord of day 
appear through the gate of the morning. One could not look 
at anything so infinitely beautiful, so rare, yet so common, 
and not be made better by it. 

"I do not wonder at the superstition of the ancient 
magicians who, in the morning of the world', went to the 
hilltops of central Asia and, ignorant of the trae God, 
adored the most glorious work of his hand. But I am 
filled Math amazement when I am told that in this enlight- 
ened age, and in the heart of the Christian world, there are 
persons who can witness this daily manifestation of the 
power and wisdom of the Creator and still say in their 
hearts, 'There is no God*!" 

OUR PRAYER 

In these days, Heavenly Father, when the Bible is being 
assailed, help us to stand firmly for thy truth. Help us, 
wise Creator, to draw near to thee with a true heart in full 
assurance of faith, anxious to claim thy precious promises, 
never doubting, never wavering, trusting that he is faith- 
ful that promised. Help us to realize that faith and works 
are inseparable. Help us to fight a good fight, and when we 
have finished our course, may we have kept the faith. We 
ask this in our Savior's name. Amen. 

Logan, Ohio. 



MY NEIGHBOR 

I would not criticize my neighbor. Lord, 
In all his sin and wayward selfishness. 

I would not speak the proud, disdainful word, 
But weeping, pitying, point thy blessedness. 

I -would not criticise the friends, dear Lord, 
That walk beside along the stony way. 

And, stumbling, fall ; nor heed thy guiding Word. 
I would not scorn — instead, lift up and pray. 

I would not criticise, but show instead 
Thy better way, joys thou wouldst have them know; 

Yet fear to speak, lest, misinterpreted. 
Undue superiority should show. 

And who am I that I should judge, dear Lord, 
The sins and follies of my fellowmen. 

Since, were it not for thee, and one kind word, 
I, too. had fall 'n, nor hoped to rise again ! 

So help me. Lord, to only do and say 
That which will tend to help my neighbor rise 

Nor let me seem superior, I pray — 
I love him so — I would not criticise. 

— By Helen Stevens Land, Sarasota, Fla., in The 
Christian Index. 



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WHITE GIFT 
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THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



I. D. SLOTTEE 

Treasurer, 

A^bland, Olilo 



The Spirit of Prayer 

By George S. Baer 

(Sunday School Lesson for Febraary It) 

-Psalm 4:1-4, 8. 



Devotional Keading 

Lesson Material. — Luke 18. 

Reference Maetrial. — Matt. 6:5-15; Luke 
15:20-24; John 4:23, 24. 

Golden Text. — The sacriHees of G-od are a 
broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, 
O God, thou wilt not despise. — Psalm 51:17. 
Daily Home Bible Headings 

M. i^ersistent prayer Luke 18:1-8 

T. Humble prayer, Luke 18:9-14 

W. Faithful prayer, Luke 18:25-43 

T. Repentant prayer, 1 Kings 8:33-40 

F. Whole-hearted prayer, Psalm 119:145-152 

S. Prevailing prayer, James 5:13-20 

S. Trustful prayer, Psalm 4:1-8 

Thoughts on the Ijessoic 

Today we are to study one of the most vital 
needs of the Christian life. Nothing is more 
essential than pr..yer, for how can the Chris- 
tian come to know God intimately unless he 
communes with him? We are wont to think 
of God speaking to us when we read his 
Word, and it is a beautiful and proper thought. 
But Bible reading, alone, is not enough to 
bring about sense of understanding and peace 
with God. The Christian must be given to 
prayer, or talking to God; and he must know 
how to approach God in the rig'ht spirit. 
Jesus considered prayer so important and con- 
stant a factor in the Christian's life that he 
had much to say about the spirit and use of 
it. 

Co,nstancy and Perseverance 
are set forth in the introductory statement 
to this parable as being essential, and then 
Jesus goes on to illustrate. There was a cer- 
tain judge, a godless fellow, possibly, a 
heathen judge, for Jewish judges were re- 
quired to have "prudence, gentleness, piety, 
hatred of mammon, love of truth, that they 
may be beloved, and of good report." Yet 
Jewish judges, as is the case with Christian 
judges today, did not always live up to the 
requirements. He was not only godless, but 
disregardful of the rights and interests and 
opinions of others. To this judge a widow 
came vainly seeking justice. Possibly a rich 
neighbor was taking advantage of the death 
of her husband and stealing her land. The 
heartless judge stubbornly refused to listen to 
her claim'. But she persisted in coming until 
finally t'ho judge granted her claim to get rid 
of her. He did not want to be pestered by 
her continual coming; her persistence wore 
him out. 

Before we jump at wrong conclusions, let 
us bear in mind that we are not to press 
every part of the parable for a meaning. To 
be fair to language we must get the one truth 
the parable is supposed to teach and be satis 
tied. The unjust judge does not represeii' 
God, for he is righteous and does not need to 
be coaxed to deal out justice. Eatlicr he is 
contrasted with the wicked judge, ,as lig'ht 
against darkness. God ever hears the cries 
of liis people, and will answer them accord- 
ing to his own perfect wisdom. The answer 
may seem long delayed, yet "constant faith- 
ful prayer always is answered" (Plummcr). 
It is constancy that is here capitalized; it is 
persevering prayer that wins out. It is 
when God's people are dead in earnest that 
they will be clothed with power in prayer. 
Away with our feeble, mumbled petitions, and 
let us have that earnestness and faith that 
will enable us to pcrsi.st in asking and be- 
lieving we shall receive the answer in God's 



own time and way, even though it be de- 
layed. Such faith seems rare. Will it be 
found in the earth till Jesus conics? 

Sincerity and HumiUty 
are also essential to the right spirit and .atti- 
tude of approach to God in prayer. Jesus 
noticed how certain of the religious leaders 
were prone to "trust in themselves that they 
were righteous" and he attacked that atti- 
tude by means of a. parable, in which were 
set in striking contrast the spirit of humility 
in which men ought to pray and the self- 
righteous, proud spirit that made prayer of 
no avail. The Pharisee stood in a conspicu- 
ous place and called the Lord's attention to 
his virtues and thanked him that he was not 
like the rest of men, and especially the low- 
caste, tax-collecting Jew who humbly knelt 
in the far corner of the room. Tarbell quotes 



MeFadyen as saying, ' ' The Pharisee can see 
no use for the tax-gatherer in the temple, but 
to serve as a dark hackgi'ound for the 
dazzling whiteness of his own soul. The tak- 
gatherer accepts the judgment; he stands afar 
off, so that his presence will not pollute the 
Pharisee at his prayer." The publican will 
not so much as lift his eyes toward heaven, 
smites his breast and cries, ' ' God, be merciful 
to me a sinner." That man's prayer went 
straight to the heart of God, and his soul, 
though sinful, was justified by divine grace, 
while the prayer of the Pharisee did not get 
beyond the temple walls but rebounded with 
judgment upon his own proud, selfish soul. 

' ' Two went to pray? or, rather say. 

One went to brag, and the other to pray. 

One nearer to God's altar trod, 

The other to the altar's God." 

.Jowett says, "The dissatisfied sinner is pre^ 
f erred to the self-satisfied saint." "For 
eveiy one that exalteth himself shall be hum- 
bled; but he that humbleth himself shall be 
exalted." 



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Efficient Sunday School Administration 

By George F. Kem 

(Address at Ohio Conference at Graiis, being published serially. Part IT) 



Sunday School Records. No Sunday school 
is stronger than its weakest link. The in- 
dustrial world recognizes the importance of 
well kept records. In Germany before the 
war the government frequently boasted that 
its civil records showed the coming and going 
of every foreigner within its realm. The 
Sunday school record should emulate these. 
The Sunday school record should be complete 
in every detail. With modern record books 
this is not difficult, but frequently the one 
w'hose duty it is to keep these records fails 
in his duty. The records should show the com- 
plete history and growth of the Sunday 
school. Its reports to the National and State 
Associations should be promptly and carefully 
made. The Records should show what the 
Sunday school has done and is doing for mis- 
sionary work, and for the larger work of the 
church both financially and spiritually. 

The classes should be encouraged to keep 
their records with the greatest care, that they 
may show their activities, their history, their 
growth and their work for the Sunday school 
.nnd church. 

Sunday School Pinance. No organization, 
whatever its nature will run long without fi- 
nance and a regularly replenished treasnrs^. 
It is as necessary in Sunday school work as 
in any other organization. The well filled 
treasuries of onr Catholic brethren are some- 
thing for emulation on our part. Systematic 
nhristian giving should be a part of our Sun- 
dav school teaching, and the idea that giving 
is a Christian grace should be taught from 
the lowest grades up. Multiplieitv of offer- 
ings should be avoided and should not be 
necessary, if the above mentioned teachin"' is 
v.vnn-rlv done. Manv schemes have been 
tried, suppers, socials, bazaars, etc., but 
nothing ever yet has been found to measure 
up to consecrated, systematic giving on the 
iiart of God's people, hence this should be as 
much a part of the worship as any other, and 
if this is devotedly done, the Sundav school 
observing it will not fail to have funds to 
b:ick up anv work tliev undertake. 

Sundav School Music, Every human is, 
more or less, of an emotional nature and emo- 
tions play a great part in our relieious lives 
and no other art will move tte emotions of an 



impressionable soul more readily than music: 
Music is a heavenly art; it will lift the di- 
vine inspirations of the human soul further 
and higher than most anything conceivable. 
The musical part of the program should be 
carefully selected and executed with devo- 
tion and consecration. The obsolete idea that 
the singing should be done to pass the time 
while gathering for services, or a song be 
sung while the "sexton pokes the fire," should 
never be permitted to revive, and any meth- 
od that does not make the Sunday school sing- 
ing a consecrated devotional seridce should 
never be permitted in the Sunday school. 

A song director who uses such expressions 
as "Whoop it up," "A little more pep," 
"Sing it loud," "Sing it louder," has no 
conception of the spiritual inspiration that 
should actuate his leadership. The director 
should be a singer who can interpret the soul 
of music and a consecrated Christian. 

Men will charge to the cannon's belching 
month, they will charge forth to almost cer- 
tain slaughter in serried ranks to martial 
strains, then w'hy not make the most of it in 
God's work? 



White Gift Offerings 

FIFTH REPORT 

Pollovping are the contributions received 
from .January 22 to 27 in the order of their 
arrival: 

Hagerstown, Ma.rvland, 

S, S., Third Ch„' Philarlelphia, Pa,, 
Smithville S, S., Orrville, Ohio, , . . 
Salem Church, Brookville, Ohio, , . . 

Williamstown. Ohio, 

M. W. Eikenberry & Family, Koko- 

mo, Ind 

S, S.. Udell, Iowa 

S. S., Clay City, Ind., 

Eliz. Frazier, Mineral Pt., Wis., . . . 
ATountain View S. S., Hollins, Va,, 



184.51 

21.00 

8.16 

14.11 

13..51 

2.50 

10.00 

10.95 

LOO 

6.75 



Total, ^ $ 272.49 

Previously reported, 3,031.01 



Grand Total, ^ $3,303.50 

Thus far we have received exactly one hun- 



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dred reports. lUiokota district is to be cred- 
ited not only with contributions from all 
schools and churches reporting last year, but 
added, a gift from the new church at Des 
Moines. Hagerstown, Maryland, adds one 
more to the promised "honor roll" of schools 
and churches giving $100.00 or over. 

IRA D. SLOTTEE, Treasurer 
44 West Third St., Ashland, Ohio. 



Our gracious God, in thy hands are all the 
forces of the world. For we know that be- 
hind and within all visible nature thou art 
working out thy holy will. We rejoice in the 
new ways in which thy providence is made 
known. For the coming of the winter, for the 
snow that wraps the world in its folds, for 
all the quiet ways in which the great purposes 
of nature go forward through the months, we 
praise thee. Only make us quick to hear the 



cry of need, and earnest in all friendly of- 
fices toward the poor about us. So shall these 
days bring to us opportunity as well as 
blessing. For thy name's sake. Amen. — The 
Daily Altar. Ernest D. Gilbert. 



Those who bring sunshine into the lives of 
others, cannot keep it from themselves. — J. 
M. Barrie. 



J. A. Garber 

PRESIDENT 



Our Young People at Work 



Melvin Stuckey 

SECRETARY 



Christian Endeavor Encouraging Church Loyalty 



By Hazel Keiser 



The name Christian Endeavor implies with- 
in itself the thought of endeavoring for 
Christ, that is, the members of such organi- 
zation endeavoring to be Christ-like and influ- 
encing others the same. 

The name and pledge go hand in hand. 
"Trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ for 
strength, I promise him that I will strive to 
do." We do not promise to do but to endea- 
vor to do, trusting in his htrength. The or- 
ganization encourages definite service and 
places an emphasis upon the endeavoring to 
do service and not to be hindered by fear of 
others, that we may be willing to attempt to 
do what we can, even dare to break down for 
Christ, for then he will build us up. Christ 
accepts any feeble efforts, even if others do 
not, and strengthens us on each time trying. 
Knowing that others have been tried under 
like conditions, the young member begins, 
trusting in Christ for strength. This creates 
in him a dependence on Christ and a willing- 
ness to serve. This may be the first step to- 
ward consecration and worship. 

The big question, however, is ' ' How can 
Christian Endeavor consecrate lives for Chris- 
tian service among those who never have at- 
tended its services?" It often takes more of 
an effort than merely attractive programs to 
get people into Christian Endeavor. Some- 
times we must go out after them. Here is 
where social functions may help. The trained 
leadership of the Christian Endeavor will at- 
tract attention outside the church as well as 
in. Each member may invite others, who 
probably have never been in touch with Chris- 
tian Endeavor and in time they may be got- 
ten into the regular meetings by tactfulness 
on the part of its members. 

After once into the Endeavor, topics are 
planned to suit the cver3-day life of the indi- 
vidual. And by the free discussions which 
follow, it can not help but have an influence 
on the new members. These discussions bring 
about a self-examination and a reconsecra- 
tion together with a deeper feeling of wor- 
ship. In many cases the indifferent have been 
led to give their lives wholly to the service 
of the church. Many life-work recruits have 
testified that Christian Endeavor started 
them on that road. Just so. Christian Endea- 
vor may be a guide-board to many if heeded. 
Gathering in members to a church means 
very little unless these members are brought 
to a real Christian life and persist in Chris- 
tian living. Without this, church loyalty will 
not be maintained. Members will soon be 
gone to be gathered back again. Christian 
Endeavor promotes church loyalty. It also 
effects missionary zeal. By its steady appeal 
for service people may be encouraged to stay 
by a task until it is successfully finished. 

Other steps are taken in Christian Endea- 
vor which tend to church loyalty. Gospel 
teams have been sent out by local organiza- 
tions to serve pastorless churches and to hold 
services in poorer districts of large cities, thus 
reaching people whom the pastors scarcely 



even touch. The strongest gospel team work 
has been done in western cities. 

Then the Tenth Legion encourages the habit 
of giving of both money and time in Chris- 
tian service. The Quiet Hour develops medi- 
tation and silent communion with Christ. 

In a recent article by Winifred E. Powell, 
she says, "Considering the great tasks of the 
church the one greatest is to teach and train 
boys and girls, men and women in the Chris- 
tian life in all the fullness of its meaning. It 
is to give the Christian message to the young 
in forms suited to their needs and to develop 
Christian -attitudes, building them permanent- 
ly into life and character. It is to conserve 
these results by continuing the effective re- 
ligious education." Character is not built in 
a day. What the church will be tomorrow de- 
pends largely upon how faithfully it performs 
its teachings and training functions today. It 
has been stated that more tnan eighty-five 
percent of our present church membership 
came from the training of the young. The 
pastor who takes no time for Christian En- 
deavor, thinking it will not be a success, cares 
only for the success of the church today, giv- 
ing no consideration of its progress on the 
morrow. 

Mr. Han'is L. Browne, a pastor of Mem- 
phis, Tennessee, shows by a late report what 



harvest a pastor can reap from efforts he has 
put in Christian Endeavor work. His young 
people have gotten the vision of Christian 
Endeavor as a real workable asset to the life 
of the church. On each Sunday a class in 
Christian Endeavor Expert meets at 3:30 P. 
M. Again at 6:30 thirty Juniors, thirty In- 
termediates and twenty-five young people meet 
in respective rooms for devotions. Still an- 
other society is to be found. In the main 
auditorium the alumni society meets with an 
average attendance of twenty-five. Each of 
these societies has a definite part in the work 
of Christian Endeavor and the church. This 
is not the best. With no intermission, at 7:30 
each of the societies files into the auditorium 
and remains for the evening church service. 
Mr. Browne has informed his readers that this 
is not a special occurrence but a regular pro- 
gram for Christian Endeavor each Sunday in 
this church. As a result Christian Endeavor is 
having a large part in the life of its yoiing 
people, both in consecrated lives and church 
loyalty. 

It may be that other Christian Endeavorers 
of our denomination might follow in the path 
of this good example, if each pastor and all 
Christian Endeavor members wanted such re- 
sults badly enough. Would it not be worth 
aU our efforts in endeavoring to accomplish 
this, trusting in Christ for strength? Then 
we might truthfully consider ourselves as 
Christian iEndeavorers, endeavoring for 
Curist. 

Bryan, 'Ohio. 



For the Master's Use — A Parable 



The writing desk lay open. Its owner had 
been called away in the act of beginning an 
important letter. On it were a sheet of note 
paper and an envelope; beside it stood the 
ink bottle, and close by lay the pen, the blot- 
ting piper, and the pen wiper. 

The silence of the room was broken by the 
note paper speaking to his companions. 

"You needn't look so consequential," it 
sai'd, scornfully; "it is on me that the letter 
will be written." 

"Yes," said the pen, "but you forget it is 
I who write it. ' ' 

' ' And you forget, ' ' said the ink, ' ' that you 
couldn't write without me." 

"You needn't boast," said the ink bottle, 
"for where would you be but for me?" 

"It is ridiculous of you to be conceited," 
interposed the blotting paper; "only for me 
what a mess you'd be in." 

"And may I ask," said the envelope, 
"what use would any of you be if I did not 
take the letter where it is to go?" 

"But it is I who write the directions on 
you, snapped the pen. 

' ' Dear sirs, please stop quarreling. ' ' gently 
said the little penwiper, who had not spoken 
yet. 

"What have you to say?" asked the pen 
contemptuously. "You are nothing but a 
doormat," and he laughed at his own wit. 

"Even if I am a doormat," said the pen- 
wiper humbly, "only for me you would be so 



rough with dried ink you couldn 't be used. 
And that is all any of us are good for, just 
to be used. We might stay here for the rest 
of our lives, and not all of us put together 
could write that letter. Only the hand of 
our master can do that. ' ' 

"I believe he's right," said the envelope 
and the note paper together. 

"Yes," said the ink, "it is foolish of us 
to forget that we can do nothing unless we 
are used." 

' ' True enough, ' ' murmured the ink bottle, 
' ' for what use would I be if you were not in 
meK" 

"Yes, to be sure," said the blotting paper, 
' ' we ought to have thought of that. ' ' 

"Indeed, yes; and I'm sure I beg your par- 
don, Mr. Penwiper, for calling you a door- 
mat, ' ' said the pen in a humble voice. 

"Please don't mention it," said the pen- 
wiper, "but I do think we would be happier 
if we would just do the best we can, without 
being jealous. ' ' 

As he spoke the owner re-entered the room 
and silence fell. The pen was taken up, 
dipped in the ink and passed to and fro on the 
note paper; the blotting paper pressed on it; 
the letter placed in the envelope; and the ad- 
dress written; the pen wiped on the penwiper. 

"We have each done our part," murmured 
the ink. 

"Yes," said the pen, "and without our 
master we could have done nothing at all." 
— The British Messenger. 



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Send Home Missionary Funds to 
WILLIAM A. GEAJRHAKT, 
Home Missionary Secretary, 

906 American Bldg., Dayton, Ohio. 



MISSIONS 



Send Foreign Mission Funds to 

liOUIS S. BAUMAN, 

Financial Secretary Foreign Board, 

1330 B. Third St., Long Beach, California 



Brother Boardman's First Impressions on the Field 



Eio Cuarto, Argentina, 

Januaiy 3, 1923. 
Dear Brethren: 

After two months on this needy mission 
field wc feel that we can at least give some 
first hand impressions of the place where wo 
are to labor during the next few years with- 
out 'having to make apologies for writing as 
novices in the labors of a mission field. We 
have endured already some of the pests that 
make life — ^to say the least — interesting and 
we have heard of other things that yet lie 
ahead for us to experience so we feel as if 
we have really been ' ' broken in. ' ' 

The first thing that appeals to a new mis- 
sionary is the fact that he 's a speechless in-^ 
dividual. All around we hear the people talk- 
ing Spanish and we have to look intelligent, 
but remain dumb. Once in a while a word 
filters into our ears that we recognize, but 
lone words are poor thing-s until they are 
given some relationship with groups of other 
words so it's really 'hard to enjoy these dim 
foregleains of knowledge that come to us. I 
understand now w^hy the human race has 
learned to use its hands when it faces a new 
tongue, — when one works the hands and 
shrugs the shoulder in learning to talk a new 
language they at least h'ave the satisfaction 
of feeling that they have done something 
oven if they haven't gotten anywhere. We 
are glad to say however, that after two 
months' exposure to Spanish as it is spoken 
in the Argentine that we are beginning to 
show signs of intelligence and we at least un- 
derstand much of what is spoken to us even if 
we cannot talk b:u... They till us Spanish 
is a musical language, but the way the peo- 
ple down 'here speak it, I defy anyone to find 
music in it. 

We Lave been impressed with the poverty 
stricken condition of a country that ought to 
be a wealthy land. Tie Argentine Eepublic 
is as large as twenty-five states the size of 
Pennsylvania and is a purely agricultural 
country, having practically no manufacturies, 
and apparently no mineral deposits worth 
speaking about. In all the vast territory of 
the counti-y there is only a population of 
about 800,000 people and one-seventh of the 
number live in Buenos Aires. You can pic- 
ture then one source of the poverty of the 
land — i. e., its lack of a large population. 
After all it is man that gives any country its 
real value and the Argentine has not this 
asset. But there arc other causes for this 
poverty, and one of the chiefest of these is 
the fact that the large parcentage of the 
land is in possession of a very few people. 
Some of the estates here comprise as much as 
one thousand square miles of land. Wlten the 
Spaniards conquered the land each soldier was 
given a tract of country comprising 81 square 
miles, while the officeTs and grandees received 
enormous holdings of land as their share. 
Many of these lands have come down through 
generations in the same family and today they 
are an actu.al curse to the country for the 
owners will not sell, they will not make im- 
provements, and they make it impossible for 
the poor renters to get ahead. Feudalism 
had to go in Europe and these rich landown- 
ers will have to learn the lesson that the day 
when the few can enslave the many and curse 
them with povertj' has forever passed. If our 
farmers Who rent farms in the United States 
had to undergo the restrictions practiced 
against the pea.santry of this land another 
revolution would be fought for freedom, and 
it is not being prophetic at all for one to 
say that some day this land is going to go 
through such an experience and then the Ar- 



gentine will really be a free countiy. At 
present its politicians talk of democracy, but 
how in the world can any people be demo- 
cratic when the great majority of them are 
ignorant of the first principles of education'? 
Talk is cheap, but experience comes in a 
' ' high market. ' ' Blood always has bought 
freedom and I have no doubt that the same 
high price will have to be paid down here in 
the future. 

Another cause of the poverty in the land is 
the shiftlessness of the great mass of the peo- 
plei. "tomorrow" is evidently their watch- 
word, and they never make the mistake of 
doing today what can be done tomorrow. On 
this account pests eat the harvests; Waste 
accumulates; dirt and filth become the ear- 
marks of indifference, and one-half of the 
babies die in these sordid conditions before 
t'hey are two years old. So used to such con- 
ditions are the people that they seem to be 
willing to live and die in that mode of life. 
Initiative seems to be killed, hunger stalks 
through the houses of the rank and file, and 
poverty reigns supreme. Yet amidst all the 
need the booze seUer seems to thrive — and the 
thought impresses itself upon us that there's 
a strong connection between the prosperity of 
the booze seller and the dire need of the peo- 
ple. Oh, how I detest that damnable busi- 
ness, and I have scant courtesy for those 
"howlers" who cry out "personal liberty; 
freedom in a free country. ' ' The freedom they 
seem to want is the most blig'hting kind of 
slavery, and should be the most galling to 
the neck of any true born American. 

Another factor that impressed us as soon as 
we got our bearings is the fact that Roman- 
ism is directly responsible for the conditions 
as they exist in South America today. For 
400 years that church had had full sway down 
here and instead of uplifting the people, and 
preaching to them the transforming Gospel 
of the Grace of God it has done nothing but 
fix firmly on the people the accursed yoke of 
an image worship as material and degrading 
as the old Greek in his palmiest day knew 
anything about. After 400 years of Eomanism 
the people of South America are poverty- 
stricken, superstitious to the "n-th" degree, 
ignorant of the message of the Bible, gamb- 
lers, drunkards, champion prevaricators, and 
bound by the terrible scourge of social im- 
morality. The old saying holds true here — 
' ' Like priest, like people ' ' for the priests are 
past masters at all the sins mentioned above, 
and one doi's not wonder at the condition of 
the people when he understands somewhat of 
the supposedly "spiritual institution" that 
has been responsible for the moral training of 
the people. The Eoman church is still a state- 
supported institution down here, so its re- 
spon.sibility cannot be shifted for conditions 
as they are. i-'eople talk much these days 
about church uniou and spend long hours tiy- 
ing to tell of the bonefi'ts that would acciiie 
from such union. You have heard some of 
the arguments no doubt — better preacher's 
salaries, better churches, more up to date 
Sunday schools, a more united front in mission 
work. Let me point you to history for facts 
in the ease. The time when the world w-ent 
to sleep — the Christian world at least — and 
Europe passed through the awful night of the 
Dark Ages, was when there was only one 
imited ciiurcli -ndth a benevolent "Papa" to 
direct its destinies from the holy city of 
Eome. History has repeated itself here in 
South America and for 400 years these lands 
to the south of the United States has been in 
the darkness. Only since the Protestant de- 
nominations have entered the land has the 
light of Life begun to spread abroad through 



the land. I'd a thousand times rather see 20C 
denominations — if such a thing was necessarj 
for vibrant Ghristiaji life — than to see om 
large united church with its ability to put the 
world to sleep again. With united powei 
comes dictatorship and the world is through 
with dictators. 

The spiritual need of the Argentine is ap- 
palling. The educated classes are neithei 
Protestant nor Catholic now; they have lately 
turned .atheistic and are rabid followers of 
the materialistic philosophies of the present. 
Yet among these very men there is a d^ep 
feeling of the need of a spiritual power that 
will transform the life of both the individual 
and the nation. The common folks are nom- 
inally Catholics, but here too their Catholi- 
cism does not go much deeper than the name 
for the large churches are vacant except on 
special feast days. At the present time there 
are onty about thirty to fifty thousand Pro- 
testant Christians in the country. Do you not 
think the Gospel of Jesus Christ is needed 
hera? The work of evangelization is slow 
and hard and ofttimes discouraging, but grad- 
ually the body of real Christian believers is 
making itself felt through the whole social 
order and the fact that ' ' Christians are the 
salt of the earth" is making itself plainly 
felt here. 

There are some hopeful signs appearing. 
There is the apparent heart hunger of the peo- 
ple which manifests itself in their willing- 
ness to read anything that will point them to 
better things. Brother Yoder and I 'have 
been distributing large numbers of tracts in 
Eio Cuarto, and the cheering thing is that the 
people receive gladly the printed messages. 
This helps to prepare the ground for future 
evangelism. The preaching will have to be 
done in the public parks and streets, for the 
people will not attend churc'hes, and preach- 
ers in Latin America will get. plenty of op- 
portunity to have some of the thrills the early 
apostles had when they faced the people of 
their time, not with a pulpit and splendid 
church house, but face to face on the street 
to tell them of the manifold grace of God. 
There's a chance for heroism here if one 
chooses to take the path. 

Another hopeful sig-n is the fact that so 
many young Argentinians are taking their 
university training in the United States and 
England. These men are coming back to this 
land with new ideals and broader visions and 
gradually they are a growing force for good 
in the country. The mo.st studied language in 
the higher schools of this country is English 
and as soon as these young people have opened 
to them the vast stores of good literature 
printed in the English language it is going to 
have its corresponding effect on the whole life 
of the people. One of the encouraging facts 
today is the fact that the literature on dis- 
play in the stores is not the "racy trash" of 
Spanish and French writers' stuff akin to the 
worst of our love novels and full of immoral 
suggestion) but the better, sturdier type of 
reading matter that will help young people to 
better and nobler thinking. 

Another encouraging feature of the new day 
Ihat is dawning is the fact that j'oung Ar- 
gentine is really beginning tp play. Associa- 
tion football, Engbj^, cricket, tennis, rowing 
and polo have been the possessions of the 
English and American residents of the coun- 
try since they have been here, but today we 
find the native Argentinians throwing aside 
the cock fight, bull fight, horse racing and kin- 
dred interests for the joy of a real contest. 
Association football has made its way up 
country and just now in Eio Cuarto two good 
fields have been completed, and play has 
been taken up. Basketball 'has just made its 
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in the country and maybe the title of World 
Champion will not have to be fought for by 
two teams in the United States in the future, 
but maybe an Argentinian team will bo mn- 
,ner up for the title. Who knows? Already 
men are being picked for the Argentinian rep- 
iresentation at the next Olympic games — an 
, unheard of thing hitherto. The stoiy of the 
■ triumph of the Argentine Polo team in Eng- 
land and America last summer is too new to 
ineed. repeating. Suffice it to say that these 
young men came down on the same boat with 
my wife and I and had in their possession 
the coveted championships of England and 
America. There is a strong relationship be- 
tween the type of life and the type of play 
of any race and when we see the signs of a 



better day in the athletic life of a people is 
it too much to say that the future looks 
mighty hopeful? 

Better things are on the march here in the 
Argentine. It may take a generation for 
them to come, but come they will and the pow- 
er that will hasten its coming will be the 
Power of the Cross of Christ. Jesus said long- 
ago, "Because I live shall ye live also" and 
we like to envision this great country roused 
out of the lethargy of four centuries, shak- 
ing itself like a young giant for the tussles 
of the future, and ready to match not only 
wits with the diplomats of the world, but also 
to present to the gaze of the world a people 
regenerated by the power of God and made 
pure, energetic, wholesome by the Life energ}' 



of the Son of God himself. Let us remember 
that Jesus said, "They that are whole need 
not a physician, but they that are sick. ' ' The 
Brethren church did not send missionaries here 
in the first place because the land was good 
enough as it was; but we sent them because 
we felt that these people too should ' ' see the 
Great Light." God help us never to forget 
our first vision amid all the pettiness and 
sordidness of our present life. May we be 
found faithful to our task and increasingly 
send men and money into the proper channels 
so that in the last Great Day we may be found 
among those servants who are able to give a 
good accounting to the Master of all good 
workmen. Sincerely yours, 

EDWIN BOABDMAN, JE. 



NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



LETTER TROM BROTHER EOGLE 

Washington, D. C, January i, 1923. 
iDear Evangelist readers. 

Several have written me lately sending 
Ihristmas and New Year greetings in word 
_. ]ind deed, for which I am very thankful. I 
,j ivish to say to them and to all the readers of 
j The Evangelist, that I hope and pray they 
Ij nay have a happy and prosperous new year, 

■ uid maj^ have strength of body and soul to 
;erve our dear heavenly Father faithfully. 

' Since my last report I have tried by the 
' lelp of the Master and a few loyal brethren 
- keep the Piney Hill and West Virginia 
iiission alive, and have tried to go each 
iionth to the Mount Zion church near Eeli- 
luce. This year again some who were least 
ible to pay did the most. They said, It 

■ ooks like we will have no one if you stop 
." coming. So by God's grace we have been 
j ible to go thus far. 

','' A new point for Brethren doctrine opened 
' ip near Winchester, Virginia, where Brother 

■ i. B. Shaver and myself were called last 

■ pring in connection with the funeral of 
."' 'irother C. R. Pogle's wife, who was origi-n- 

'I .lly from the Ashton church, Virginia. They 

,' ailed me to preach in a deserted U. B. church 

luring the summer months once each month. 

?here is some there of all the faiths. 

brother Fogle being the teacher of the Bible 

' lass in the Sunday school, I was called to 

-; lold a week's meeting during which eight 

,' lade a confession. Four were baptized and 

ur whole Gospel doctrine found its way into 

he hearts of many of these people. Sisters 

teller and Brill of Maurertown, Virginia, are 

ow living in Winchester and both attended 

ur last Christmas meeting. They are trying 

work up an interest and secure a suitable 

lace in Winchester City to hold meetings. We 

ow have about twenty members in this city 

nd vicinity. On Wednesday of Christmas 

'eek I was called back to Sperryville, Vir- 

inia, at Copp's chapel for a double wedding. 

irother Menefee and Sister Ida Belle Clarke 

'ere married at the home of the bride's par- 

nts at 2:30 in the afternoon, and at 5 P. M. 

!ie same day Brother Eosby M. Clark and 

ister Goldie M. Clark were united in mar- 

iage at the bride's parents' home. Three of 

S'J lese young people I had taken into the 

A'' iiurch about ten years ago. May God bless 

*■ |iem all very richly- S. P. FOGLE. 

iiS 

tie 

,jj. BRYAN TO PERU 

It' On the last Sunday in September we- closed 
sU( ir work of six years at Bryan, Ohio. It U 
lii- ?edless to say that during those yeti.rs we 
Itst. ijoyed working with the people there. 
op here are some mighty fine Inyal Christian 
5ople in this congregation. Among the 
iddle aged and young people v/e never hope 
I have a more loyal class. Whenever they 



were called upon to do a certain piece of 
work for the advancement of the Kingdom, 
They were always ready for the ijpportumty. 

Bryan and its surrounding coiumunity has 
not always been the easiest place to work. 
New cults denying the messages and mission 
of Jesus Christ were working with their 
might: Christian Science, New Thought, Hus- 
seUism and Spiritualism were trying to make 
inroads into the ranks of the church. But 
with the co-operation of these good loyal 
Brethren, we exalted the authority of the 
Scriptures as final in the things of God; that 
the Gospel is the power of God unto salva- 
tion. This we preached the best we knew 
how; we struck at sin from every angle and 
finally we broke through the ranks of the en- 
emy, and as the correspondent, Brother M. D. 
Kerr, so well put it in his article a few weeks 
ago, we received one hundred and twenty- 
three into the fellowship of the local church, 
and most all of these were by baptism. This 
church was among the front line churches of 
the brotherhood during our entire pastorate. 
For all of this we give God the glory. 

During our pastorate here we received in 
the fellowship of the church 123 people, we 
were called to anoint 9 different people, we 
gave 25 special addresses, performed 50 wed- . 
ding ceremonies, officiated at 55 funerals, and 
in all preached 507 sermons. 

It was hard to say farewell to these good 
people, but we are looking forward to the time 
■when we can meet with them where parting 
is not known. We consider the church for- 
tunate in securing the services of our good 
Brother E. M. Riddle and his good helpmeet 
as our successors, and we hope and trust that 
the work accomplished with our stay with 
these people will just be the beginning of 
what will be accomplished under their new- 
leadership. 

Peru, Indiana 

On the first Sunday in October we took up 
the work at Peru. Here we are just 13 miles 
from where we were both born and reared. 
Peru is a mission point, being partly sup- 
ported by the National Home and State Mis- 
sion Boards. While we came close home, yet 
90 percent of the people of this congrega- 
tion were strangers to us when we came but 
no longer so now. We have found a people 
that we are not ashamed to work with. All 
they are asking is for some one to lead them. 
On November the 6th we started our evange- 
listic campaign seemingly with everything 
against us. At the last meeting of the W. 
M. S. they decided to set apart the 9 o'clock 
hour each day for prayer. The church was 
urged to do the same. They prayed for the 
pastor who was doing the preaching, and the 
song leader and for the church as a whole and 
that souls would be saved during these spe- 
cial days. By the time the first week was 
through we began to feel the power of their 



eiforts. Our correspondent, Mrs. Keyes, gave 
the report of the meeting in a previous issue 
of the Evangelist, hence I will say nothing 
more about that. 

Two have been received since our meeting- 
closed, one at the close of an evening service 
and one at the prayer meeting hour. Our 
midweek and Bible stuly service is growing 
in numbers and interest. It looks good to see 
abnost as m-any men as women at this service. 

The Brethren church at Peru has a mission 
to fulfill. Peru is not overchurched as most 
towns are. Will she arise to the occasion and 
need? We say yes, she will. The cry of this 
community is for ' ' The Bread of Life ; ' ' they 
want the Word of God. The cry is, "we 
would see Jesus." This is its mission. Our 
slogan is, "The Whole Gospel to the Whole 
Community." To fail in this, the future of 
the Brethren church here is doomed, to go 
forward and take possession of our inheri- 
tance is our duty. There are giant difficul- 
ties before us here, but our God is the Al- 
mighty one, and his CJirist, whose we are, is 
given all the power. We feel that if these good 
brethren -svill labor in the future as they have 
been during our short time with them, and 
as God gives the ability and opportunity, the 
future will be crowned with success. 

Brethren, Peru needs your support a while 
longer, and your prayers continually. Will 
you give it? G. L. MAUS. 



CAMPBELL, MICHIGAN 

Our first report of the year 1923. 

The Lord is our shepherd, we shall not 
want. He maketh us to lie down in green 
pastures; he leadeth us beside the still waters. 
He restoreth our souls; he leadeth us in the 
paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 
Yea, though we walk through the valley of 
the shadow of death, we will fear no evil: 
for thou art with us; thy rod and thy staff 
they comfort us. Thou preparest a table be- 
fore us in the presence of our enemies; thou 
anointest our heads with oil; our cup run- 
neth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall 
follow us all the days of our lives: and we 
will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 

God has prospered us in our work with these 
people until I feel that the Lord is our friend, 
as well as my friend. For the year 1922 we 
received into the church eight souls, and an- 
ointed one. We held one revival, had com- 
munion two times, and raised 100 dollars for 
foreign missions, 70 dollars for home missions, 
and 41 dollars for the White Gift, and paid 
$150.00 for evangelistic meeting. 

The average attendance at Sabbath school 
was about 60 for the year. We were called 
for the third year so we feel that our work 
is not finished yet at Campbell. We were 
visited by Brother Bame, and Brother Ed. 
Miller was our evangelist, and Brother Stuck- 



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ey will be with, us January 19, if XLOthing in- 
terferes. We mvite ttie Heid secretaries to 
visit us. TJiey are welcome. 

'i'ius year tue Uampboii cnurch. will try half 
time and i wiil be open for a half time 
cnurcn, m iNonJiern j.naiana or anywhere m 
MicnigaUj b'-ginning April the first iSunday. 
li you euce pastone&s, give us a cnance. Terms 
to sLut tue present uay and your pocKetbooks. 
Next Munuay, January Zi, our subject wiU be, 
' ' I'ue i^'iiiisned flan of Waivation — The Church, 
of (ioa. Just what will bring worldwide 
peace. Jtsus CnriSt ottered the only solution 
ror world-wide puace, and they aid not want 
it (Isaiah Z:'ii). ivnd it snail come to pass in 
tne tast days, that ine luouuiain of the Tiord's 
houoe shall be estabiisned in the top of the 
mountains, and snail be exalted above the 
hills ; ana all nations sliall How unto it. 

Tne mountain of the Lord's house is the 
Kingdom of God, the church of (iod, that 
stanus above every society on earth, and the 
church on earth stands above every society on 
earth. But in the last days, the churcU of 
Uod will be established, and earthly churchisju 
will be put away, and only one church jliiul 
remain. Then Catholic and Methodists, and 
Tunkers will be no more, and universal broth- 
erhood wiU be established, where covenants 
and signs will be laid aside, and Clirist and 
Uod will be the light of the kingdom. The 
linished plan of salvation: The church of t'he 
living God. H. W. ANDEKSON. 



THE BEETHKEN HOME 

At last there is about to be realized a 
dream cherished by the Brethren for a num- 
ber of years 1 There is now erected at Plora, 
Indiana, a really splendid brick building 
which will serve for some time as an Admin- 
istration Building and Home combined, it 
was during the holidays that the Board of 
Trustees of the Home met at Flora for a 
business meeting. The building was inspected 
and I am happy to report tltat every member 
of the Board was highly pleased. A more de- 
tailed description with suitable cuts will 
doubtless soon be published. 

The immediate purpose of this writing is to 
inform the brotherhood of the progress made 
and to present the needs in outline. Suitable 
rules and regulations for the government of 
the Home were drawn up. These will soon be 
ready for distribution. It was agTced by the 
Board that at the present only Old Polks need- 
ing a ' ' Home ' ' and care would be admitted. 
To this end the conditions of admission were 
also prepared. It was further agreed that as 
soon as practicable we would open the 
"Home" to children. It is the purpose to 
receive homeless children and place them in 
approved Christian homes. 

We have a good tract of land with fertile 
soil and fine location. This we expect to de- 
velop as rapidly as possible into an institu- 
tion of which the whole church may be proud. 
Present plans include the building of suit- 
able cottages for elderly couples. These cot- 
tages will have a living room, a bed-room, a 
kitchenette and a small porch. Just a cosy 
and attractive "homelike" place for old folks 
to spend their days together. Plans for these 
cottages are in preparation and already sev- 
eral Brethren have indicated their purpose to 
build at least one such cottage. We hope that 
several may be built the coming summer. 

The Board will soon be able to announce the 
Superintendent and Matron under whose care 
the "Home" will be placed. There are also 
before the Board several applications for ad- 
mission. Blank forms of application may soon 
be had. 

But in the meantime we must have a good 
offering from the whole brotherhood. We hope 
when the "Home" is fully equipped to be 
able to announce a plan for its maintenance 
which will not be burdensome at all to the 
church. Just now we do need financial help. 
Even at the risk of being a bit hard on the 



Editor's space I will take the liberty to set 
forth some of our present needs. 

There are eleven beorooms to be furnished, 
— it will require 2 pillows (each 15 by 'Z'A 
inches), 2 pairs of pmowslips, 2 sheets, 1 pair 
of blankets, 2 comforts and one spread, be- 
sides the bedstead, chairs and smail dresser 
and rug. It is estimated that eacn room will 
cost about fifty dollars to equip. Tfiere is a 
diUiUg room and kitchen to be equipped, re- 
quiring Silverware, tableware, tabiecioths, 
cnairs and cooking utensils. There is a 
Cnapel to be furnished with chairs and table. 
ThiS gives the reader a sort of general idea. 
The turnishmg and equipping for tfie whoie 
buiidiug so tfiat it can be opened will require 
from ifiaUO to $20UU. Here is an opportunity 
to give to a good cause such as has never been 
presented to the church before. We earnestly 
plead with all to make this work truly t'he 
blessing it can be for our worthy and deserv- 
ing brothers and sisters. 

The month of February is given over to 
Benevolences in the churcfi. We have no de- 
sire to detract, one whit from the offerings to 
the Superannuated Ministers' Fund.. Our 
work supplements the work of that Board. 
They give a small amount to the support of 
those on their list. This is a fine exemplifica- 
tion of the Christian spirit. Our work in seek- 
ing to equip and maintain a ' ' Home ' ' reaches 
out very much farther and meets a need hith- 
erto wholly unprovided for. We propose to 
give such ministers and missionaries as may 
be approved for admittance a home and pro- 
vide for their needs in every way. We pur- 
pose to fullill in the highest measure possible 
the earnest wishes of those who have pro- 
vided funds for this Institution. Their first 
thought has been a HOME for worthy minis- 
ters and missionaries and elderly members of 
the church AND ALSO for homeless CHIL- 
DEEN until such can be placed. We have 
worked thus far in the faith that the church 
will sustain this work. We now come to you 
with our appeal. , Will you do your part 'J 
Watch The Evangelist for further information. 
J. ALLEN MILLEE. 



NEWS OF THE COLLEGE 

The saddest news I have ever been called 
upon to write for this column is to record the 
sudden death of Paul Cover, sou of our 
Brother and Sister A. B. Cover, of Washing- 
ton, D. C. Paul entered Ashland last fall as 
a Freshman and was making good progress in 
his work. He was modest, quiet, and well 
liked by the faculty and students. Brother 
and Sister Cover came and after short ser- 
vices here, they took the body to Berlin, 
Pennsylvania, for interment. Other notice 
will likely occur in this paper. This is the 
first death of a resident student in the cpl- 
lege within the memory of the oldest member 
of the College Faculty. 

The Philomathean Literary Society re-dedi- 
cated their hall a week ago Friday (January 
19) at the chapel hour. The society has re- 
decorated the room and did so much in its 
improvement that it seemed fitting to hold 
dedication exercises. The society invited Rev. 
C. H. Ashman, pastor of the First Brethren 
church of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to give 
the dedicatory address and 'he certainly cov- 
ered himself with glory. Tne address was 
brilliant with wit and full of good sentiment. 

The initial appearance of the Girls' Glee 
Club was in the new high school auditorium 
at Orrville, Ohio, last Thursday evening. The 
writer was present and it is a genuine delight 
to say that in every way the Club made good. 
There was a record crowd, perhaps five hun- 
dred, and they were well pleased. Last eve- 
ning they went to Polk, a nearby town and 
this week are to go to Smithville and Loudon- 
ville. Later in the season they will go to our 
churches in northern Indiana, and I want now 
to say to those churches that they will have 
nothing to regret in getting them. /I know 



t'hey will surpass your expectations. Mrs.' 
Haun, teacher of Voice, has charge, to whose 
untiring efforts the good results are due. 

Several new students, two from Lost Creek, 
Kentucky, enrolled this week. 

Professor Haun has installed a new radio 
outfit in the Physics laboratory which gives 
fine results. ; 

The College was honored recently by a call 
by Mr. and Mrs. Eobert I'reshe who were on 
their way to Detroit where Mr. Fres'he will 
take a new position with the Y. M. C. A. of 
that city. On the same day Eev. George 
Eonk stopped on his way to Berlin, Pennsyl- 
vania, where he is helping Brother Benshoff in 
a revival. All three of these former students 
c(xpressed great pleasure on seeing the im- 
provements here. 

Eecently also, Mrs. Beachler of Waterloo, 
Iowa, paid the college a visit, coming up from 
Bell vi Lie where she has been staying with her 
mother who is seriously ill. After seeing the 
improvements in the Gymnasium, the new 
heating plant, the new Chemistry and Physi- 
cal Laboratories, and the new building, she 
was made to ask in astonis'hment where the 
money came from. So far as everything is 
concerned except the new building, it came 
from two sources, viz., the generous gifts on 
Educational Day, and from increased tuitions. 
These 'are the two sources of income which the 
college must cultivate and increase. 

The local ministers have been supplying 
at Louisville, Ohio, recently. 

The Glass gift of last year, which was or-, 
dered long ago, arrived recently, an articu- 
lated human skeleton, and is now in the cast 
in t'he Biological Laboratory. It will be moved 
to the new laboratories when they are com- 
pleted. EDWIN E. JACOBS. 



EVANGELISTIC MEETING AT BETHLE- 
HEM, VIRGINIA 

The name of the place in this report ii 
Biblically suggestive; also being near Christ- 
mas, it strikes a vibrant chord and we imag- 
ine we can hear the shepherds say, ' ' Let us 
go now even unto Bethlehem and see the 
thing that is come to pass. ' We began this 
meeting on the last day of the year 1922 ano 
closed Sunday, January llth, 1923, thus pass- 
ing from the old into the new. This was cel- 
ebrated by a "Watch" meeting, while th( 
bells were tolling, those present were engagec 
in silent prayer and the evangelist closed 
with audible prayer in which we invokec 
God's blessing upon t'he past and petitioned 
for direction in the way before. 

This meeting followed closely the Christ 
m'as activities and we found the Christmas 
EVAN £ 

decorations still in the building. There wasi 
something suggestive in the general plani 
which portrayed Christ as the central figure | 
and this fit into our series of sermons; so we 
requested that the decorations remain until 
the impression had been made and then aU 
were removed but the name, CHEIST which 
stood out in bold letters back of the pulpit. 
We are led to believe that the object was 
realized and at any rate, CHEIST should be 
glorified in our Christmas activities, and oui 
evangelistic campaigns. 

The date for this meeting had been sel 
some months before, and while the preparatioi 
for the Christmas program claimed the atten- 
tion of the people just preceding, yet th( 
meeting was not forgotten and the evangelis 
tic spirit was manifested from the very be 
ginning and all through the meeting. Prayei 
services were held each evening before th< 
preaching services; at first only a general ser 
vice was held for all who desired; but it be 
came evident that the young people could b( 
enlisted; so we had. two meetings one for th< 
younger people and one for the older folks 
The evangelist met with the young people an« 



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it did our heart good to hear those prayers 
uttered for the salvation of souls. Brother 
Hauu and Sister May Logan also organized a 
"Sunshine" Junior Choir who sang beauti- 
fully. Also each evening we had special mu- 
sic which added much to the interest of the 
meeting. The pastor and evangelist utilized 
every moment possible in personal visitation, 
while others were domg personal work. So 
with union effort in prayer, music and per- 
sonal work, the Lord was pleased to biess. 

The visible results are as follows: thirteen 
by confession; four by letter; and as an ex- 
pression of appreciation one of the best of- 
ferings of the year. The baptismal services 
on Sunday afternoon at the church were 
most impressive when Brother Haun -adniin- 
istere'd the sacred rite to eight applicants; 
two of the applicants were detained on ac- 
count of illness and will be baptized later; 
three came from a Brethren family the last 
night, who naturally belong to us. Five of 
those baptized were from non-Brethren homes. 
The church has a bright outlook in that the 
entire community looks favorably upon the 
work whether organically united or nominally 
associated. 

Brother C. 0. Haun, the pastor, is one of 
our coming young men of the ministry; he is 
a native Virginian and is endeavoring to 
serve his own Conference District, and he is 
making good. He is a tireless worker in the 
pulpit and in personal work. To work with 
him was a real pleasure. We also wish to 
make mention of Brother John Keish and 
Brother John Thompson, both of the Dayton 
church who assisted us in every way possible; 
we appreciated their help. The entire mem- 
bership of the church gave loyal support. 
Brother J. M. Bowman was with us part of 
the time and encouraged us with his prayers 
and interest in soul saving. The death of his 
mother and assisting Brother Christiansen at 
Eoanoke took him away part of the time. 
Brother Lee A. Logan, the Sunday school su- 
perintendent, is doing a splendid piece of 
work and was with us in soul winning. We 
appreciate the kindness of the Bethlehem peo- 
ple, both in services and in their homes and 
shall cherish their friendship. 

Brother Haun takes a special interest in 
the schools of the community, and conse- 
quently he used the evangelist; we spoke to 



the students of tw 
Chapel talk to the 



schools and gave a brief 
tudents and faculty of 
Bridge Water CoUe^ . Here we had the 
pleasure of meeting again Brother A. B. Mil- 
ler, who is pastor of the Bridge Water Church 
of the Brethren, and who was formerly pastor 
of the Hagerstown church while we were 
neighboring pastors. 

A. B. COVER, Secretary-Evangelist. 



NEW SISTERHOOD DORMITORY AND 

CHAPEL TO BE ERECTED IN THE 

SPRING AT SHIPSHEWANA 

PAUK, INDIANA 

The fine success in building the Shipshe- 
ivana Tabernacle and paying for it has cre- 
ited such interest in the further work of the 
iitate 'Conference of Indiana in building its 
■eligious center at Shipshewana Park that the 
;onference has continued the committee with 
;he authority to build any buildings that they 
!an which they think necessary to the full 
ieveloping of the Park. This action was the 
"esult of the tremendous interest at State 
conference. More than five hundred dollars 
.vas offered by persons interested at that 
:ime for a sterhood dormitory. The confer- 
)nee feeling the need of National work in the 
Bicentenary Movement did not give the com- 
nittee authority to set any sum for the 
ihurches of the district or to appeal to the 
ihurches as last year, but they were given the 
ight to receive gifts from any person or 
jhuroh or Sunday school or class or society 
tat wanted to give to the work. The com- 
nittee has gone over the matter and has de- 
eded to build early in the spring. No church 



is required to give except you do so as a gift. 
This puts the matter up to you. In our ap- 
peal last year (if I remember "Brother Ed's" 
report) the churches of Indiana gave about 
fiOO dollars and the good people gave the bal- 
ance at dedication. The property now is 
worth about $5,000.00. That is very good for 
the conference. Now, we give any church, 
Sunday school or SISTERHOOD or class the 
opportunity to give if you desire. Address all 
gifts to Edward Miller, Nappanee, Indiana. 
Here is what we are going to do — 

Shipshewaica Park 

This is one of the most beautiful little 
places you wiU find in beautiful Northern In- 
diana. The Park is located on the southwest 
side of Shipshewana Lake, just one mile west 
of the town of Shipshewana. The lake is one 
among the many that hundreds love to go to, 
and to boat on and to live on its banks. The 
Park proper is well built up already. The 
beautiful trees planted in rows, the flowing 
wells all make a fine setting for the new tub- 
ernable in the center of the park. Many new 
cottages have been built and others to go up 
in the early spring. Now graded road from 
the new improved road into the Park. Elec- 
tric lights all over the Park. This is Ship- 
shewana Park, the only reaUy Brethren resort 
in all the world. The committee has bought 
seven of the large lots on the south and west 
side of the new Tabernacle plot which we ex- 
pect to use in beautifying the Park. 

Sisterhood Dormitory aJid Dining Hall 

PecUng the immediate need for a dining 
hall and dormitory for the girls who go there 



AT EVENING TIME 

When evening time to me shall come 
And I, disrobed, lie down to rest 

Conscious my task is poorly done. 
Although I strove to do my best; 

What will the Master say, when he 
Shall look upon the task I wrought. 

And see the work so marred and blurred, 
And not completed, as he taught? 

All I hi will know that I tried hard 
To do, the task he gave to me. 

But 'n the doing marred and blurred 
Becaufp '^ was too blind to see. 

He'll take the work so crudely wrought. 
And fashion with exceeding care: 

With his own hand he'll perfect it, 
And let me in its merits share. 

— George B. Marquart. 



for the summer the committee has decided to 
build a building to meet the needs. Just 
southwest of the new tabernacle on the 
lots on the southwest corner of the Park we 
will erect a building 42x3S. The basement 
wiU be the dining hall with a kitchen in the 
west end. This will be large enough to take 
care of the largest state conference we have 
ever had in Indiana. On the first floor in 
the center we will have a Chapel 20x24 where 
the committees and smaller meetings may be 
held. On the east, south and west sides of 
the center chapel will be rooms. The second 
floor will be open over the chapel with a bal- 
cony around and rooms the same as the first 
floor. This will give us twenty rooms. Then 
on the north side there will be a porch lOx 
.58. The committee will build this and install 
electric lights. But we are wondering if 
there is some good friend or Sisterhood that 
wants to equip the kitchen or furnish a room? 
Write to G. W. Eench, South Bend, Indiana. 
Just twenty rooms in the building and if 
each Sisterhood in the state would take a room 
or two it would be furnished before we would 
have it completed. All ready, write tomor- 
row. 

New Open Park 

The committee realizing the need for out- 



door sports and athletics have secured the 
lots just west of the new tabernacle and will 
make a big tennis court. This will be directly 
in front of the Sisterhood dormitory. This 
court can be used for the out-door games 
known as the Community Service Games. Such 
as Volley Ball can bo played with the many 
other fine games to build up bodies and spirits. 
The committee is also planting more trees so 
that in a few years the park will be a perfect 
green of God's foliage and our children's chil- 
dren will rejoice that we consecrated and .ded- 
icated one spot of God's beautiful nature for 
them. 

Bible Conferen'ce Program Made 
The state conference officers with the Ship- 
shewana Committee has built what we per- 
sonally think is the best Bible conference 
program ever built by any Brethren commit- 
tee. This conference will be held the last 
week in July and first week of August, 1923. 
Great subjects and some or the leading 
preachers of our church programed. Watch 
the paper, for Secretary C. C. Grisso will soon 
be out with his message and the program. Stop 
right now and plan to attend this meeting. 

The End 

Here then is what your conference and your 
committee have done and are going to do. 
You may have a part in it if you want to 
give a gift to your conference work. If you 
do not the committee will by the grace of 
God build you this much needed building and 
give the State Trustee a deed for it as we 
did the Tabernacle. Sure you had a part in 
the Tabernacle and we know you will want a 
part in this. We were about to say that the 
church giving the largest gift to the building 
would be honored with naming the building 
after them. Such names as these would look 
good, "The Goshen," "The North Manches- 
ter," "The Nappanee." Yours 

COMMITTEE, 



EROM OHIO TO PITTSBURGH, PENN- 
SYLVANIA 

It was with deep regret that we said good- 
bye to the dear yeople of Sterling-SmithviUe, 
■ churches. For these good brethren accorded 
to us kindness, unstinted sympathy and gen- 
erous support. We had the inestimable priv- 
ilege of working with the churches for five 
years while at Ashland doing school work. 

During our stay with these people, we were 
encouraged to preach the whole Bible. Con- 
sequently, with their loyal support we saw 
progress. 

Paramount among the changes was the 
leaving of the old Zion Hill church and locat- 
ing in more strategic positions. It is true 
that Zion Hill was and is a dear spot to the 
brethren. Many fond recollections cluster 
thereabouts. Here they had fought many bat- 
tles and gained numerous victories. Therefore, 
it was with reluctance and here and there a 
little misgiving that they took their depart- 
ure. However, the message was, "You 'have 
tarried long enough in this mount." God 
opened the way, as he always does when we 
are obeying his orders. A church was for oale 
at Sterling. The brethren acted anon. The 
church was bought at a reasonable price. The 
house 'has been painted. The interior ex- 
quisitely refinished, a cement basement put in. 
With these changes the brethren have a splen 
did house in which to worship. 

Xn order to take care of the members in and 
around Smithville another church must be pro- 
vided. The people got busy. Went down into 
their pockets and builded a beautiful roomy, 
substantial modern structure, making the 
fourth church in Smithville. I am egotistical 
enough to believe that we have the best in 
town. A fine piece of work. The brethren 
are to be commended for this splendid victory. 
I think the people of Sterling-SmithviUe 
churches should furnish a cut of their build- 



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JANUARY 31, 1923 



ings for the Evangelist. You owe it to the 
brotherhood. Let tlie brethren see what you 
have. Our work was brought to a close with 
the dedication of the ntw ciiurch at Wmith- 
ville, and a short revival campaign. W^' 
thank (iod that Uuring our stay wiin these 
bretnren two new churcnes were added to the 
brotheruood, and approximately seveniy-hvu 
members aadcd to the congregation. 

Thank you, brethren, for yoor co-operation 
in the work. We assure our successor that 
he will have the loyal support of these peo- 
ple. 

Hello Pittsburgh. Despite the fact that the 
bretnren at Pittsburgh were kept waiting for 
more ttiaii three monihs, she was not cuuglit 
naping. Her lamps were trimmed and btiin- 
ing. 'i'he reception they gave to us was 
ample. An ampie parsonage, consisting of 
seven rooms, all uewiy papered, and the iioors 
repainted. Plenty ol room for two. An am- 
pie lieid, in 'which to work. "Thou hast set 
my feet in a large place. ' ' We are in a par- 
isn of .great possibilities. Pray tnat we may 
measure up to our opportunities. Ample sup- 
port. We hud here a loyal and generous peo- 
ple, who are willing to be led. 

The church at tne last regular business 
meeting gave a eail to the writer for a year 
with a voluntary raise of $5.UU on the week. 
The work has suffered from lack of pasLoral ■ 
leadership since the death of Brother Hariey. 
However, the various departments of tne 
church are taking on new life, and planning 
for bigger things. The Sunday school is plan- 
ning to launcn a campaign lor new scholars 
the hrst fcSunday in ieoruary, which will con 
tinue for ten weeks. A plan is on foot now 
to make necessary changes in the basement, so 
we may better eare for the Beginners, Pri- 
mary and Junior departments. We are very 
much pleased with the attendance. We are 
told that the crowds are unusually good. Ten 
have been received into the church at the reg- 
ular services durxug the last quarter. Niuu 
by baptism and one by letter. 

We are planning a two weeks' revival be- 
ginning the second Sunday of February. The 
■writer will do the preaching. We solicit your 
earnest prayers for the work in Pittsburgh. 
Yours in his service, 

A. L. LYNN. 



BETHLEHEM, VIEGINIA 

' Have you ever visited Bethlehem'? The peo- 
ple of this church show real love for you in 
their friendliness. "I like these people," 
"They are genuinely friendly," and "I al- 
ways feel at home in Bethlehem ' ' are re- 
marks which we hear so often. Before love 
all barriers go down and Christ is glorified. 
Love for fellow-kind brings respect for the 
church and honor to its leaders. 

The church at Bethlehem has just had an- 
other outward expression of these results in 
the revival services. All the people, school 
children, and teachers, of ours and otner de- 
nominations, showed that Christ has first place 
in our community. We had good crowds Sat- 
urday, Monday and every night, a chorus of 
about sixty voices, special music for each ser- 



vice and everyone praying in private and 
prayer groups. Our people Avere deeply im- 
pressed by the messages brought from the 
Word of God through the mouth of Brother 
Cover. 

Thirteen came forward to make the great 
confession. Eight were baptized Sunday af- 
ternoon. Five of these come from homes in 
which the Brethren church has not had a rep- 
resentative. Two, who were sick, and three 
who came Sunday night, will be baptized 
later. Four church letters were received dur- 
ing the meeting. To these should be added 
five who were baptized after decision day in 
August. This makes a total of twenty-two 
who have joined us in the past two months 
and brings the membership of our Bethlehem 
church up to ninety-two. 

THE PASTOR. 



ANNOUNCEMENTS 



BRETHREN HOME OFFERING 

All offerings for the new Brethren Home 
erected at Fiora Indiana, are to be sent to 
the following address, 

ORION E. BOWMAN, 

705 American Building, 

Dayton, Ohio. 



SUPERANNUATED MINISTER'S FUND 
OFFERING 

The time for the offering for the Superan- 
nuated Ministers' Fund, authorized by Gen- 
eral Conference to be taken on Bicentenary 
Benevolence Day has arrived. The Day is 
February 25th. Of course it is Brethren Home 
Day also, but others are announcing that, The 
Brethren Home Board and the Superannu- 
ated Ministers ' Board are working harmon- 
iously but they are two separate boards. For 
the Superannuated Ministers' Fund' the offer- 
ings should be sent to the various state direc- 
tors, where there are such, and they will for- 
ward them to H. E. Eoscoe, but where 'there 
are no state directors the offering should be 
sent directly to Mr. H. E. Eoscoe, Goshen, In- 
diana. In Pennsylvania I will receive such 
offerings. Each district will know its repre- 
sentative. 

H. P. E. O'NEILL, President of Board. 



THE TIE THAT BINDS 



RUEBASMAN-SHANK — November 28 at the 
home of the bride's parents at Masontown, 
Pennsylvania, occurred the marriage of Ed- 
ward Ruebasmen and Amelia Shank. Both 
young persons are very popular among their 
friends and highly respected among older 
folks. After the ceremony, the pastor and 
wife were invited to share a sumptuous wed- 
ding dinner. After the usual exchange of 
greetings and good wishes the bride and 
groom left for Philadelphia and interesting 
places. May they receive Christ into their 
new home as an ever present guest. 

J. L. GINGRICH 



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FEDERER-CHRISTOPHER— At the home 
of the Masontown Brethren pastor on 
September 30 occurred the marriage of Nephl 
Federer of Fayette City, Pennsylvania, and 
Nellie Mae Christopher of East Riverside, 
Pennsylvania. May God bless their union with 
much happiness and a prosperous journey 
through life. J. L,. GINGRICH. 



IN THE SHADOW 



STALEY — Mary Margaret Staley, daughter 
of Samuel and Susanna Haney, was born 
April 14, 1852, and yi'edded to the Reaper 
called Death, November 20, 1922, aged 70 
years, 7 months, 6 days. Her husband, James 
Staley, preceded his companion to the spirit 
world 34 years ago. The deceased is sur- 
vived by one brother, Samuel Haney, and one 
sister, Mrs. William Davis; three sons, 
Ernest D., J. Earl, Samuel N. and three 
daughters, Mrs. Alice Jack, Mrs. Susie Chris- 
topher and Mrs. Jeanette Detaolt. 

Our departed sister was a charter member 
of the Middle Run Brethren church. Due to 
an affliction of paralysis. Sister Staley was 
not permitted to worship with the brethren 
but she always enjoyed private services. It 
was the pleasure of the pastor with a few 
friends to share her last communion services 
in her late home. 

Death was due to a stroke after an illness 
of many years. In all her suffering she was 
very patient and kind. She left this world 
after caring for and sacrificing for a large 
family. Her children will stand as a living 
memorial to he'r tine Cliristian life. A devout 
mother has left for a better home in heaven. 
May the Holy Spirit guide the children in this 
life so that they may meet mother in the 
skies. J. E. GINGRICH. 

HAtJGHT — Joseph .Milton Haught, son of 
Baruty William and Susanna Haught, was 
born March 4th 1844, and bade farewell to 
friends neie UecciuDar ti, 1922 aged 78 years, 
9 months and 2 days. He was born, reared, 
lived, and died in almost the same neighbor- 
hood. We saw him leave as one of the old- 
est citizens of Nicholson township. Brother 
Haugrht knew practically nothing of sickness 
all his life. His death was due to an acute 
attack of gangrene. Two years ago the de- 
ceased was forced to give up his loving com- 
panion but only for a short while, for he too 
will hope to see her face to face. He made 
his peace with his Lord in the presence of the 
officiating pastor and a few relatives and 
friends. The deceased is survived by one 
brother, Theron Provance; three sons, James 
S., Frances M., George W. Haught; 15 grand- 
children and 3 great grandchildren. May the 
Lurd coinfort the sorrowy g hearts and re- 
ceive in mercy the soul '"< him whom we 
mourn. May this expe'ofnce prove to be a' 
loud call to those who e\^i: following to their 
eternal home. ^,; J. L. GINGRICH. 

COL.I.IJVS — Wesley T. Collins, son of James- 
and Sophia Collins, was ' born in Greene 
county, Pennsylvania, March, 1870 and died 
in the Unionto'wn Hospital December 20, 
1922, aged 52 years. Death was caused by 
cardiac Embolism. The deceased was suffer- 
ing from various troubles which he bore very 
patiently and never murmured. Early in life 
Brother Collins made his peace with his 
Lord, thus furnishing a splendid example for 
the family. Twenty-nine years ago the de- 
parted was united in holy wedlock to Mary 
Louis Skiles who helped to rear a large fam- 
ily. Besides his wife, Borther Collins is sur- 
vived by the following sons: Frank, Roy, Er- 
nest, Albert, Charlie, Paul and Sylvester, and 
two daughters, Mrs. Harry Strauser and Mrs. 
Roy Rhoderick, also four brothers, Marion, 
Marshall, John and Calvin; two sisters, Mrs. 
Andy Helmick and Mrs. Francis Durr, and 
five grandchildren. May God in tender mercy 
console, comfort and satisfy the sorrowing 
and bleeding hearts. 

J. L. GINGRICH. 

KIMMEIIjIi — John L. Kimmell, son of Elder 
Michael and' Nancy Kimmell, was born in 
Somerset coilnty, Pennsylvania, July 31, 1845, 
and died Sepember lOh, 1922, aged 77 years, 
1 month and 9 days. He came with his par- 
ents to Carroll county, Illinois, at the age of 
seventeen. In the spring of 1870 he was 
united in marriage with Miss Maggie Miller. 
In the fall of that year they with otliers 
came to Brown county, Kansas, living on a 
farm for several years. Then they moved to 
Morrill, where he resided until removed by 
death. His wife preceded him some years 
previous. He ^vas converted during Brother 
Bashor's first evangelistic tOur of the west 
and united with the Brethren church. He 
leaves two sons: T. W., of Morrill, Kansas, 
and Albert of Omaha, Nebraska. Funeral by 
the writer,, assisted by Brother Stuckman. 
J. H. BURNWORTH. 



Prof. J. Allen Miller,-.^- • ^^j: 
Grant Street, IjS, 

Aariland, Ohio. 



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BUT WHAT IF— 

The price thereof hath been withholden 

( And what pioneer preacher ever ] 
I Received the hire that was his due 1 J 

And he hath come to the evening of life 

WITHOUT A COMPETENCY; 

Shall we allow him to suffer want 
While we fare sumptuously everyday? 



"Thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase .... and 
the Levite (the minister), and the stranger, and the fatherless, and 
the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come and eat and be 
satisfied."— Deut. 14:28, 29. 

"Contributing to the necessities of the saints; given to hospital- 
ity."_Rom. 12:13. 

"If any provide not for his own, and especially those of his own 
house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.'' 
—I Tim. 5:8. 



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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



Keeping the Heartiires Burning — Editor, 

Editorial, 

Lincoln's Greatness — E. E. Blight, 

Our Martyr-Chief — J. E. Lowell, 

What Made Us Brethren— Dr. Martin Shively, . . . 
Gifts to Colleges with Conditions — Dr. J. L. Gillin, 
Cablegrams Eeyealing Distress in the Near East, . 
The Message of the Ministry — J. P. Horlacher, . . . 
The Patience of Jesus — W. W. Wertman, 



2 Jesus and Zacehaeus — G. S. Baer, 

3 Efficient S. S. Administration — G. F. Kem, ,. . 

4 The Indiana Sunday School — M. A. Stuckey, 

4 White Gifts— I. D. Blotter, 

5 Christian Endeavor — Prof. J. A. Garber, 

6 Chief Benefit of Christian Endeavor — Dr. Clark, 

6 Miss Myers ' Letters to the Children, 

7 News from the Field, 13-1, 

9 The Tie That Binds and In the Shadow, 15, 1' 



EDITORIAL 



Keeping the Heart Fires Burning 



During the world war the people of America wore challenged in 
every line to "keep the home fires burning" until the boys should 
return. EeUgious leaders took up the challenge and appealed pas- 
sionately to the church to maintain a vital spiritual life and keep 
the work of the kingdom going forward with unabated zeal in the 
homeland. Today there are no boys on foreign soil to come home 
and find religion running low and church work neglected. But there 
are boys and men and girls and women who are outside the fold of 
Jesus Christ, and whose hearts are dissatisfied with being away from 
the Father's house. The great and urgent appeal that needs every- 
w'here be made to the church and its leadership at this hour is that 
there shall be maintained a vital, personal contact with the divine 
life and a passionate yearning for the return of souls separated from 
Christ, living in the midst of death and destruction. There is great 
need that the spiritual fires shall be kept burning in the hearts of all 
Christian people if the church is to prove an instrument of sufficient 
power in God's hands to purge the world of the dross, counteract 
the hatred and strife and turn godless souls to humble submission to 
the Christ of Calvary. 

Nothing is more important than that the heartfires shall be 
kept burning brightly, and few things are more difficult to be main- 
tained. In too many lives religion is such a matter-of-fact affair 
that it makes very little impression. It doesn't set very heavy on 
people as a rule. It is a thing of no very great consequence, a sec- 
ondary matter. With some it is little more than a pleasant diversion; 
with others it is a thing to be brought into play only in times of 
emergency; with others it is merely a matter of forms and ceremonies; 
with others it is scarcely more than a means of self -culture and social 
uplift; with few is it a great, vital necessity to life, th© acceptance 
of which brings unspeakable joy and incalculable worth, and at the 
same time imposes supreme obligation. And because the number of 
burning hearts is so small the register of the church's power is so 
weak. 

Numbers do not necessarily mean power, though many people are 
deceived into thinking they do. A father with a little boy went into 
a hall where there were a number of well-dressed people — some of 
them standing together in groups, others apart; some sitting in var- 
ious postures. The son was attracted by a certain pleasant looking 
man rather gaudily attired, and proceeded to talk to him, but was 



disappointed because the man refused to say anything or to give auj 
sign of recognition. The father had to tell the boy that these beautij 
ful and well-dressed people were only wax figures; that they had m 
life in them. They were fair to look upon, but they had no soul 
One living man has more power than a thousand wax figures. Thert! 
are people who wear the cloak of righteousness, whose outer form iti 
of the appearance of a Christian, but within there is no life, nc| 
spirit of God and no power. No matter how many such members a; 
church may have, they supply no power. In fact, the greater the 
number the more the church is weighted down, impeded in progress 
and weakened in power. 

One may possess all the forms of rig'hteousness, and yet if there 
is lacking a heart burning with devotion and zeal, there is no spir- 
itual life or power. An engine might be in first-class condition, and 
have at its command an abundance of fuel, water and oil, but if it 
had no fire, so as to make the water boil, it would be as powerless as] 
a mass of pig iron. It takes the fire of God to give the soul power: 
and worth, and it takes Christian people that are fuU of such fire 
to give a church power. Cold, stiff, formal, indifferent church mem- 
bers only bring divine reproach upon a church. They make of it a 
church like Sardis of old, that had "a name to live but was dead." 

Some have had the burning heart', but let it cool off; they have 
lost the fire. There was a time when their hearts were throbbing 
with new life and they were aflame for God. When they were con- 
verted Christianity meant everything to them. They had felt the 
load of sin roll from the heart, and Jesus seemed very precious and 
very real. They loved the church and its worship thrilled the soul. 
The prayer service was a sacred event, looked forward to with eager- 
ness and was given first place in the affairs of the week. Money 
was given freely and gladly at the church's every appeal. And the 
Holy Spirit accompanied and empowered the life in all its associa- 
tions with men. But it is different now. The fire has gone, or flares 
up only intermittently. I have read of a waterfall in a nobleman's 
garden, beautiful in its construction, but the water was never turned 
on unless his lordship was there. This is like much of the religion 
found in professedly Christian hearts. It is turned on only when 
there is some one to see and applaud. 

The heart fires must be kept burning in two respects, first with 
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f others. A Christian's personal relations with. God should grow 
Qore real, more vital and more joyous with each passing year. The 
;lory of God should become continually more resplendent to our 
lyes, his love more overwhelming and his will more prevailing in our 
ives. Too often he is a vague, indefinite something, as unreal and 
'aint in influence as a far-off star. Whereas he ought to be 

"A living, bright reality, 
I More dear, more intimately nigh, 

Than e'en the sweetest earthly tie." 

But if he is to be that to us, we must be given much to prayer. 
Friendships do not grow between those who do not communicate with 

1)ne another, but between those who dwell much together and have 
nany things in common. If our Lord is to be a real and abiding 
factor in our lives, and if in our hearts the fire of true love is to be 
aver burning brightly towards him, we must know that the secret 
)f his presence is sincere, constant and persistent prayer. 

In the heart there should also be a deep yearning for the wel- 
fare of other souls. The more vital our touch with Christ, the more 
will we share his passion for the lost. We look with amazement upon 
a, mother's love and sacrifice for her childj, yet we doubt not that 
that is as but a drop in the ocean compared with the love of God, 
which is infinite. We shall never be able to measure the depth of 
that love, yet we may come to understand more and more of it, as 
we strive daily to enter into fellowship with his suffering for 
wretched, sinful men. It is possible for our hearts to burn with such 
intense heat in this regard as to put to shame our present feeble 
glow, — if we would but intercede more and put forth more definite 
effort. 

There is need of more zeal, more dead earnestness, more real enthu- 
siasm for the saving of men, the building up of Christian lives and 
the destruction of the forces of evil. We need zeal like that of Row- 
land Hill, who said, "Because I am in earnest men call me an enthu- 
siast; but I am not; mine are the words of truth and soberness. When 
I saw a gravel pit fall in and bury three men alive and I shouted for 
help till I was heard a mile away and help came and we saved two 
of the poor sufferers, no one called me an enthusiast then. But 
when I see eternal destruction ready to fall on poor sinners and I 
call aloud to them to escape, I am called an enthusiast." Our pulpit 
messages must be fired with more of such zeal. And the rank and 
file of the church must share that same passion, if the church is to 
have the power that the day requires. After the battle of Lookout 
Mountain, when the Federal troops cleared the heights with a dash 
that was irresistible, General Grant inquired of his subordinates who 
had given the order to charge, but no one could be found who 
had. The fact was that the men were filled with such enthusiasm 
that nothing could have stopped them. They leaped to the fray, 
defying danger and death, and when the victory was gained, they 
were filled with glad wonder at it. When the membership of our 
churches are filled with such burning zeal and overpowering enthu- 
siasm for the conquest of the world, the forces of evil will be put to 
flight as in a day, the hearts of men will be yielding to the Gospel 
appeal in multitudes and we shall begin to witness the coming of the 
kingdom of God in its fullness. May God help us to keep the fire 
burning in our hearts. 



EDITORIAL REVIEW 



The shepherd of the little flock at Wymp's Gap is proving him- 
self faithful and energetic in his field, and results are beginning to 
be in evidence. 

You have taken your Publication Day offering? Of course! That's 
fijie. Now, just send it quite promptly to the Business Manager, 
Dr. K. E. Teeter. 

Still the "White Gifts" are coming in, showing both larger co- 
operation and greater promptness than last y^m, as you will see by 
Brother Blotter's report. 

Brethren Bame, Bell and Geaihart, members of the Bicentenary 
Committee, were visitors at Ashland, February 5th, counselling with 
the local members of that committee concerning the Movement. 



Christian Endeavorers will be interested in the letter Brother 
Garber writes of his trip to Christian Endeavor headquarters in 
Boston, and also in Dr. Clark's radio message, published on the Chris- 
tian Endeavor page. 

We received a printed post card form Brother Miles J. Snyder, 
advertising evangelistic meetings at Warsaw, Indiana, where he as 
pastor is doing the preaching and Brother C. C. Grisso is leading the 
song service. 

President Jacobs makes further mention this week of the work 
of the Girls' Glee Club of the college. Mrs. Haun certainly knows 
how to develop singers, and the impression the girls are making by 
their splendid programs is talking loudly for the college. 

Dr. G. W. Kench, pastor of the First church of South Bend, Indi- 
ana, gives advance notice of the coming dedication of their beauti- 
ful new house of worship. They are preparing for a big time and are 
expecting a large representation from nearby churches. 

Two interesting letters come to our readers this week from Miss 
Estella Myers. Especially is the attention of the young readers 
called to them, and we would suggest that Sunday school teachers 
and Junior superintendents make use of these stories before their 
children. 

Two things weaken the claim of the church upon the best young 
men. (1) inadequate remuneration for the maintenance of b proper 
home and the supplying oneself with those things necessary for the 
culture of life and (2) the facing of old age wjth no guarantee of 
adequate support. 

The "seventy" were to go before their Lord "into every city 
and place, wtither he himself wasi about to come." One troublB 
with Christian people today is that they are busying themselves with 
things in which Jesus can have no sympathy and going places they 
know he will by no means come. 

FEBEUAEY 25 IS BENEVOLENCE SUNDAY, when you are 
requested to take an offering for the Superannuated Ministers and 
the Brethren Home. Don 't fail to read the directions in the ' ' An- 
nouncement ' ' department for sending your offerings, that you may 
get them to the. proper parties. 

Brother C. A. Stewart has recently closed an evangelistic cam- 
paign in his own church at Loree, Indiana, where several souls were 
added to the church and the membership was greatly strengthened. 
Loree is among the really active and growing country churches, of 
w'hich there are too few today. 

Brother Albert T. Ronk has not favored our readers with a report 
of his doings, as he himself admits, for a long time, but he makes up 
for past neglect along this line by a most excellent letter in this 
week's issue. He has made a very successful evangelistic tour into 
the east and is now in a campaign at Elkhart, Indiaua, where Brother 
W. I. Duker is pastor. 

Have you ever noticed how cheap the average conversation is? 
It is one grind of unmeaningful remarks and trivialities. Can we 
say that it is a fair estimate of the character of the average mind? 
Perhaps it is not too harsh to say of the average person, that there 
is little interest taken in that which will enrich the mind and give 
quality to life and thus, make possible a helpful, wholesome speech. 

From Nappanee, Indiana, we have Brother E. L. Miller's "Quar- 
terly Report" which shows the church alive and aggressive as usual. 
He mentions a meeting at Gravelton under the leadership of Sister 
Emma Aboud, resulting in nine accessions. Sister Aboud also con- 
ducted a two weeks' series at Nappanee with much profit to the 
members. From the report it is evident that every department of 
the Nappanee work is pressing forward with characteristic zeal. 

Brother Lester V. King is giving a splendid account of himself 
in his first pastorate at St. James, Maryland. He has a large field 
to cover and his energy is proving equal to the task. He and his 
people recently had the assistance of Brother Albert T. Ronk in an 
evangelistic campaign which resulted in twenty-five new church 
members baptized an,d in waiting. Brother Ronk's services were 
greatly appreciated by pastor and people. 



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GENERAL ARTICLES 



Lincoln's Greatness. By e. e. Blight 

The Memory of the just is blessed. — Proverbs 10:7. 



Lincoln was a typical American, a direct product of 
American life and methods of thought. It is for this reason 
that Ms memory is revered and loved by the American as is 
that of no other personality in our history, vvdth one excep- 
tion. 

1. Lincoln was great in his simplicity. There was 
nothing of the dilettante about him. The cut of a coat, the 
exquisite turn of a witty phrase, the sensational or the lux- 
urious, or the hair-splitting of the philosopher did not inter- 
est him at all. There is a clearness and directness of thought 
and expression in his various addresses that at once chal- 
lenge our attention and admiration. Take his Gettysburg 
speech for instance. Containing barely two hundred and 
twenty-five words, yet it is one of the masterpieces of Eng- 
lish literature. For sustained ele- 
vation of thought and aptness of 
wording it can hardly be equalled. 
This same principle directed his 
entire life. His thoughts, his 
words, his actions were free from 
any taint of vanity or posing; to 
the last, whether receiving the 
frenzied acclaim of a nation, 
whether laboring under the bur- 
dens of statesmanship, whether 
.'■■'taggering beneath the weight of 
a great war, or in the circle of 
friendship he was ever the same 
frank, simple manly man. In 
these days of prosperity, and amid 
the temptations to luxury and 
vainglory, it would be well for us 
■ to remember the example of sim- 
plicity and straightforwardness of 
our great President. 

2. Lmcoln was great in his op- 
timism. Even in the darkest hours 
of the war, Avhen hope seemed 
sinking in despair, he never 
doubted, never faltered. His un- 
swerving faith that the caiise of 
right was bound to succeed made 
Mm a rock. The tides of coward- 
ice, or treachery and of indiffer- 
ence might swirl and dash about 
liim, but it moved Mm not. Al- 
though the burdens rested heavier 
upon his shoulders than on any 

one else, and' he felt the responsibility keenly, yet he was 
always a source of strength and comfort to the timid and 
faint-hearted. He was sti'ong because of his invincible op- 
timism. 

3. Lincoln was pre-eminently a religious man. Relig- 
ious not in the sense of sectarian or theological, but religious 
in that traer, nobler sense of guiding his life by the deep 
prniciples of truth, courtesy, temperance, hope, love. No 
one, nothing could win him from these great principles. He 
eared little for theology, or abstract religious ideas, or fine 
theorizing ; he was practical. One Idnd act is Avorth a score 
of fine words. In this particular also Lincoln was typically 
American. 

Galusha A. Grow, speaker of the House of Representa- 
tives while Mr. Lincoln was in the White House, tells this 
story: Joshua E. Speed, a friend' of Lincoln's youth, was in 
Washington in the summer of 1864. Entering the Presi- 



OUR MARTYR-CHIEF 

By James Russell Lowell 

(From an Ode Recited a.t the Harvard Commemo- 
ration, July 21, 1S65.) 

Nature, they say, doth ,dote, 

And cannot make a man 

Save on some worn-out plan, 
Repeating us by rote: 
For him her Old-World moulds aside she threw, 

And choosing sweet clay from the breast 

Of the unexhausted west. 
With stuff untainted shaped a hero new. 
Wise, steadfast in the strength of God and true. 

How beautiful to see 
Once more a shepherd of mankind indeed, 
Who loved his charge, but never loved to lead; 

One whose meek flock the people joyed to be 

Not lured by any cheat of birth, 

But by his clear-grained human worth. 
And brave old wisdom of sincerity! 



dent's room unannounced, he found him sitting near a win 
dow, intently reading his Bible. 

"I am glad to see you so profitably engaged," saic 
Speed. 

' ' Yes, ' ' was the reply, ' ' I am profitably engaged. ' ' 

"When I knew you in early life," continued Speed 
"you were skeptic and so was I. If you have recoverec 
from your skepticism, I am sorry to say that I have not. ' ' 

"You ai-e wi-ong, Speed," said the President, placing 
his hand upon Ms shoulder and gazing intently into his face 
"Take all of this Book upon reason that you can, and th( 
balance on faith, and you will live and die a happier man. ' 

LINCOLN'S GREAT EMOTIONAL NATURE 

Concerning the strength of Lincoln's emotional nature 
there are many anecdotes, each o: 
which may be said to contain iti 
lesson, but there is one, reportec 
by William 0. Stoddard, whicl 
has an exceptional teaching. It ii 
not easy to declare with exactnesi 
the ' ' emotion ' ' caused in such - i 
man by a great national disastei 
which also seemed to imply ai 
enormous responsibility. Disap 
pointment, grief, dismay, sympa 
thy, despair, horror may all havi 
been the dark companions of th( 
President as he sat in his office ii 
the White House the night afte: 
the battle of Chancellorsville. Th( 
.Vrmy of the Potomac had been de 
feated, with a loss of seventeei 
thousand men, and the whoL 
country was in mourning. Neithe: 
could the loss of twelve thousanc 
on the Confederate side be lef 
out of sight or feeling, for the 
troubles of his southern fellow cit 
izens were never forgotten by Mm 
There was but one other persoi 
on that fioor of the eastern winj 
of the house after the last visitor 
a member of the cabinet, walkec 
slowly out. It has been, as Mr 
Stanton said, the darkest day o: 
the Civil War, and nobody coulc 
yet forecast either the military oi 
the political consequences of s( 
great a disaster, for all the people were Aveary and sick a1 
heart. So was the president, and so was I; but I sat at mj 
table across the hall from liis room, striving to forget all 
other things in the struggle with an imusual accumulatioi 
of the executive mail that was in my charge. The silenct 
was painful, and seemed to be accompanied by a sort ol 
cloud. 

There was a pause in my work at a late hour, abou1 
nine, I think; and through the silence came a low, dull 
sound, as of some one walking to and fro in the president's 
room. I thought I could tell when he turned at the wall or 
the other side to pace back again. I returned to my work 
but my own door and his were open, and I could heai 
whether I would or not, that heavy, miceasing footfall. 11 
did not need anyone to tell me that he was -wrestling witl 
the sori'ow of Chancellorsville. 

It was midnight, for I looked' at my watch, when ther< 



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ame a considerable pause before the walking began again. 

I Did the president kneel just then! It has always been ini- 
)ressed upon my miiid that he did. 

One o'clock arrived, and then two, without cessation. 
; iVhen three o'clock arrived my task was done, and I went 
hut, but turned at the head of the stairs to listen, and the 
L;ound' which seemed to follow me was that mournful foot- 
iitep. 

It was necessary for me to be at wovk by eight the 
lext morning, and when I walked along the hall toward my 
:-oom the president's door was wide open. He sat at the long- 
sable eating breakfast alone, and I went in. He greeted me 
3heerfully, smilingly. Near his coffee cup lay a half sheet 
dt foolscap paper, and I was afterwards given to understand 
;hat on it was already written the first draft of his encour- 
aging letter to Gteneral Hooker, bidding him to fight again. 
There is a lesson here that any man might look to in 
his troubled' hoiir. The nation waited until it heard from 
him and fi'om that long night vigil of which it did not know. 
It turned from weeping over its dead, took new coui'age 
from its leader more than ever beloved and trusted, and 
went forward to Gettysburg and to the end. 



PRAYER FOR THE NATION 

Our Father, we rejoice in the great souls which thou 
hast given to us as a people. Thou hast apportioned to us 
a great land, a goodly heritage among the nations of the 
earth. We have entered upon our inheritance and possessed 
it. But more than all the treasures of the sea and of the 



land, thou hast enriched us by noble lives, by men of clear 
vision, of high courage, by steadfast devotion to freedom 
and justice and truth, men like Abraham Lincoln whom we 
remember today. We thank thee for all avIio have loved 
I'ighteousness better than life; for those who have counted 
nothing dear to them when the rights of their fellowmen 
have been invaded. For all the lovers and seers and martyrs 
of liberty and peace and goodwill among men, we give thee 
thanks. Forbid, our Father, that the vision that enlightened 
and kindled their hearts shoiild ever grow dim in our eyes. 
Forbid that tlie straight and narrow path which they trod 
should ever seem too hard for us, and we turn aside into by- 
ways of ease and self-seeking. Touch our eyes, Ave pray 
thee, to behold the glory and the strength of thy prophets 
while they are yet alive, that we may take their words as 
accents of thine own Spirit, that we may follow in their 
footsteps with joyful obedience. Deliver us, our Father, 
from the folly of the nations which liave loved riches and 
luxuiy and the transcient glory of power. Save us from 
that blindness and madness of the peoples who have believed 
in force for safety, and have taken the sword for defence 
and aggression. According to thy law, they who have taken 
the sAvoj'd, have perished with the sword. Help us to be- 
lieve in the sufficiency and eternity of righteousness. May 
we follow lAdth believing hearts and victorious spirits Jesus 
Christ Avhom tliou hast given, aa'Iio is this day going forth 
among the nations by the might of his goodness and truth 
and the beauty of his holiness. We ask in his name. 
Amen. ' ' 



What Made Us Brethren? By Martin shiveiy 



I am not forgetful of the fact that both heredity and 
environment, play no small part in determining our course 
in life. We are powerfully influenced by these two things 
in the matter of our denominational relationsMp. At a 
Christian Endeavor meeting of some kind, held years ago, 
the ' ' Whys ' ' of church relations were being discussed. When 
it fell to Dr. Yoder to tell why he was Brethren, he said, 
"I am ready to admit that much of the reason is found in 
the fact that I was born that way, and I pity, most pro- 
foundly, those who were not." Other things, more or less 
accidental in character, such as social relationships, or the 
appeal made by a forceful preacher or lay leader, — all these 
have had their influence. But in addition to these there has 
come a time in the life of every thinking person, when he 
has been forced to ask himself with great seriousness. Why? 
In proportion as he is able to find a tangible, scriptural 
reason for his faith, and his denominational alignment, does 
he become loyal or lax. Physical environment may change, 
but Truth never does. Happy is he who has found it, and 
I rests upon its solid foundation. 

From my childhood, I have been associated A^ith the 
Tunker and Brethren churches. My people were of that 
type which sees to it that their children are brought up 
under the influences of the church, so that I cannot remem- 
ber a time that I did not go to the services of God's house. 
In all the years of my church going, I never heard a Avord 
which would call into question either the integrity or the 
authority of the Bible. To all the preachers whom I heard 
in the earlier years of my life, the Bible was really the word 
of God, and its authority unquestioned. But it is not this 
that made us Brethren, for such doctrine was all but uni- 
versally preached, and if that had been the one thing which 
should have determined my church life, I could have found 
a home in any of a hundred denominations. 

In all this earlier preaching which I heard, the Deity 
of Christ, and the Virgin birth, were never questioned. But 
that was as true of the preaching which I heard from one 
pulpit, as of another, and if this one great truth had been 
the determining factor of my church life, I could have found 



a religious home in any one of the hundreds of organiza- 
tions. What I say of the doctrine of his Deity, is equally 
true of the fact of his resurrection in the body, and every 
other of the great fundamental doctrines. I never heard the 
doctrine of the premillennial coming of Christ, questioned, 
even indirectly, though it did not receive the accent which 
is now given to it in many religious circles. But none of 
these, except in an indirect sense, had anything to do vdth 
making me Brethren, for they were equally emphasized by 
all. Even now, in spite of some external changes wMch 
have come upon us, if the great doctrines cited, alone, are 
to determine religious alignment, one might have a large 
field from which to select his church home. But some who 
have asserted an everlasting loyalty to the undivided Book, 
as loudly and as persistently as have the Brethren, have 
failed, it seems to me, to honor it by their obedience. And 
too often, things which were mightily stressed by both the 
Master and his disciples, have been glossed over, or more or 
less openly sneered at, luitil I have been forced to discount 
their protestations of loyalty. To my mind then, the things 
■w'hicli have made us Brethren, are 

I. Apostolic Baptism, — baptism by a triune immersion, 
administered to believers, and as I believe it, for the remis- 
sion of sins. Whatever school does not teach it, and what- 
ever preacher does not proclaim it, nor obey it, is not Breth- 
ren, neither does such school or pi-cacher make for the de- 
gi-ee of loyalty to the Book, which is characteristic of 
Brethrenism. This is not a defense of triune immersion, for 
it needs none. .V baptism which is universally conceded as 
being of Apostolic origin, is, to say the least about it, safe, 
and we have too much at stake to be otherwise than safe. 

II. Washing the saints' feet. It has become all too 
common to attempt to gloss over this teachmg of Christ, but 
it '^till stands ui the Book, the Book too, which is to judge 
the woi'ld in the last day. However loudly a man may de- 
clare his faithfulness to God, and his loyalty to the word, 
when he balks at this positive teaching, yea this command 
of the Lord, I confe-s that my confidence is shaken. "Not 
every one that saith Ijord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of 



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heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in 
heaven. ' ' 

III. Liberty of conscience, outside the realm of funda- 
mental truth. "In things essential, unity; in things non- 
essential, liberty; in all things, chai-ity." Such was a rally- 
ing cry of the church ia the not far distant past. I think 
none would question the honesty of John Calvin, who gave 
his voice for the burning of his old time friend who, accord- 
ing to his view had become a heretic, but today, none would 
defend the act. Neither are we disposed to question the 
honesty of church leaders who thirty-five years ago, forced 
the division of the church, because they not only taught for 
doctrine, the commandments of men, but made such com- 
mandments a condition to membership in the church. Little 



wonder then, that this position should be precious to us. And! 
"Unity" is never possible, except it be associated with' 
"liberty and charity." | 

Yes, I know that other precious articles of faith havei 
entered into the spiritual equation, — the Lord's Supper, an- 1 
ointing, non-swearing and non-resistance, but the three! 
topics mentioned above seem to me to be the real source of 
o\w denominational selection, and as they are adhered to, 
both by precept and example, does the Brethren church have j 
a future. As we forget them, or allow so-called teachers of | 
Bible truth to put them in the background, do we endanger 
our position as a whole gospel church, and as exponents of 
Apostolic Christianity. 

AsEland, Ohio. 



Gifts To Colleges With Conditions Attached. By j. l. Giiiin 



The problem of colleges accepting gifts with certain 
conditions which tie the hands of the institution has been 
a subject of considerable discussion and in the practice of 
the educational institutions of the country has been settled 
for some time. In the Bulletin of The American Association 
of University Professors for December, 1922, are the follow- 
ing remarks which put this matter in its true light : 

"In the report from this Committee last year attention 
was called to the fact that one institution has accepted 'a 
gift for the specific purpose of controlling the teaching of 
the chair thus endowed.' This is a matter that should re- 
ceive the unqualified condemnation of the entire teaching 
profession. In connection Avith this question the president 
of one of our great universities has to say in his annual re- 
port on this subject (President Butler, Columbia, 1919) : 

"Under no circumstances should, or can, any self-respect- 
ing university accept a gift upon conditions wBicli fix or ham- 
per its complete freedom in the control of its own educational 
policies and activities. To accept a gift on condition that a cer- 
tain dotrine or theory be taught or be not taught, or on condi- 
tion that a certain administrative policy be pursued or be not 
pursued, is to surrender a university's freedom and to strike a 
blow at what should be its characteristic independence. Indeed, 
any donor who would venture to attempt to bind a university, 
either as to the form or the content of its teaching or as to its 
administrative policies, would be a dangerous person. Unless the 
public can have full faith in the intellectual and moral integrity 
of its universities and complete confidence that they direct and 
are responsible for their own policies, there can be no proper and 
helpful relationship between the universities and the public. A 
university may accept a gift to extend and ijnprove its teaching 
of history, but it may not accept a gift to put a fixed and definite 
interpretation, good for all time, upon any facts of history. A 



university may accept a gift to increase the salaries of its pro- 
fessors, but it may not accept a gift for such purpose on con- 
dition that the salaries of professors shall never exceed a stated 
maximum, or that some professors shall be restricted as others 
are not in their personal, literary or scientific activities. No 
university is so poor that it can afford to accept a gift which 
restricts its independence, and no university is so rich that it 
would not be impoverished by an addition to its resources which 
tied the hands of its governing boards." 

"The acceptance of these fundamental principles is an 
essential condition for wise administration of our colleges 
and universities. The trustees and administrative officers 
should keep these basic ideas in mind Avhen prospective gifts 
are under consideration. In the langtiage of President But- 
ler, 'No university is so poor that it can afford to accept a 
gift which restricts its independence, and no university is 
so rich that it would not be impoverished by an addition to 
its resources which tied the hands of its governing board's.' 
The alternative policy leads surely to the decay of intellec- 
tual life. There can be no rational progress for the com- 
munity unless the inquiry for truth is free, open-minded, 
and frank." 

Again in the BULLETIN, February, 1922, we have the 
following: 

"Does the receiving of gifts from private donors or 
public governments destroy or hamner the freedom of the 
college? Yes, in some degree. Taking the college world at 
large, such influences are subtly, or not so subtly, felt. But 
there is no essential reason why thoy should be nresent. If 
they are, some one ha<5 failed to understand hi« ta.=k and 
hence to do it. No college, clearly conceived and honestly 
administered, would take a gift to which such influence was 
attached. No college is for sale, and nothing that is for 
sale, subtly or obviously, can be a college." 



Cablegrams Revealing Distress and Need 



VICKREY, N. Y. 
EIGHTY-NINE 

Near East Relief received by Courier from Marsovan 
additional details of death of George St. John Williams. 
Miss Fannie G. Noyes, of Wamego, Kansas, who watched 
throughout his brief illness gives this tribute, "He passed 
on as I knoAv he would prefer if he had choice, namely, 
serving cause of humanity." Williams was buried in the 
little American cemetery at Marsoven where there are nu- 
merous graves of missionary and relief workers who gave 
lives that others might live. 

Steamship Cilicia, with 3200 orphans from Anatolis, in 
charge of Doctor Wilfred Post, from Princeton, New Jer- 
sey, B. L. Horn, from Athens, Ohio ; Miss Dora E. Farmer of 
London, and Harry G. Moffett, of Lebanon, Ohio, bound for 
Greece, which passed here New Year's day was fogbound 
at Gallipoli where food supplies ran out. It wirelessed Near 



East Relief at Constantinople for additional supplies which 
were rushed on tugs. 

Kemali'^ts decision to nermit Christians to leave Anatolia 
whenever thev desire precipitated fresh rush from interioT to 
Black and Mediterranean sea coasts. Piteous anneals wlrch 
cannot be misunderstood are hourlv snatched from sir by 
wireless operators at American EmbR=sy, Con^tantinonle. 
Each tell^ story of human sorrow, distress and even death 
in melancholy march of terror over snow-covered roads of 
Anatolia. 

Radio by destroyer Bnlmer from MvrnTi Nnone. of 
Chattanooera. Tennessee, at MerHne. rends, "Relief situ^'tion 
here grnwinar. Relief ship loading refugees. Many desti- 
tute pnd starving." 

WirploBs frnm Cmtcher at Sarn^onn trnnsmitterl bv de- 
stroyer King, "StfPmshiT) Gabriellea left Ord'ou. December 
twenty-fifth with 500 Greek orphans, 210 Armenians, 1400 



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dult refugees. Tlieir food supplies will be exhausted by 
ime reach. Constantinople." 

Forest Rydgren of Hillside, New Jersey, radioed from 
'okat, ' ' 2,000 orphans, 500 of whom are under fifteen years 
lid, are stranded at Tokat. 200 orphans at Dreksuy near 
ilarsovan." 

Message from Moffett at Sivas, "5,000 refugees, major- 
ty women and children, enroute to Samsoun, 3,000 of whom 
\-ill be unable to reach there unless given assistance. 
churches and barns between Sivas and Samsoun are filled 
A'ith sick and dying. Of 200 Tokat orphans sent fori^^ard 
Dast week seventy are do'\\Ti with illnesses, dying at rate of 
'our daily. Aid given women and children. Please author- 
ze." 

Miss Charlotte R. Willard, of Chicago, radios from Mar- 



sovan, "Holding further convoys until Samsoun has cleared 
orphans. ' ' Harold V. Whelan, from Wallace, Idaho, by de- 
stroyer Edsell from Tokat, "800 Greeks averaging under 
sixteen in Tokat looking to Near East Relief to help them. 
Reeonunend' we come to their assistance." 

Orvis from Caesarea by destroyer Bulmer, "Children 
dying by roadside enroute to Mersine. Six inches snow fal- 
len." 

Dr. Cyrus B. Zimmerman from Schaefferstown, Penn- 
sylvania Alexandretta, "Fifteenth orphan convoy is enroute 
from Caesarea to Mersine. Adult refugees choking roads. 
They report many robberies. Their condition deplorable." 

Foi-egoing selected at random from 276 wireless com- 
munications received Near East Relief past fortnight. 
NEAR EAST RELIEF, 151 Fifth Avenue, New York. 



THE BRETHREN PULPIT 



The Message of the Ministry. By John Perry Horlacher 

{Sermon preached on the occasion of the luriter's ordination in the First Church of Philadelphia) 
TEXT: "Go ye into all the world amd preach the Gospel to «very creature." — ^Maxk 16:15. 



If the minister of Jesus Christ, whose business it is to 
preach, has not a message, he is an abomination to the God 
whom he falsifies by refusing a clear channel to his truth, 
and an exactly worthless obstacle paid to remain in the patn 
of the progress of the Kingdom. May I repeat? If the min- 
ister of Jesus Christ, Avhose business it is to preach, has not 
a message, he is an abomination to the God whom he falsi- 
fies by refusing a clear channel to liis truth and an exactly 
worthless obstacle paid to remain in the path of the prog- 
ress of the Kingdom. 

It may occur to you that no man makes language behmd 
the sacred desk, goes through all the accredited' motions of 
preaching, without having some sort of a message. What I 
mean by 'a message,' however, is this: that some central 
dominating truth shall determine all his pulpit expressions 
just as the law of gravity determines the entire conduct of 
the heavenly bodies. I mean by a message, the possession 
of a meter stick, at once mental and spiritual, by which 
every sermon shall be measured and all in.struction gauged. 
I mean by a message, the conviction in a preacher's heart 
that he is faithful to Ms trust only when he is faithful to 
the delivery of the portfolio that he has received from God 
as God's ambassador to this world of men. 

That some preachers possess no message in this sense, is 
pathetically obvious. Pick at random, and visit on any 
Sunday night, a church, and you will hear discussed every- 
thing from "The Wages of Cmema" to "The Religious Sig- 
nificance of the Ku Klux Klan. " Attend regularly the ser- 
■^aces of any number of churches throughout the country, 
and obser^'-e the sad spectacle of the cloth gone afishing; 
fishing for the delights of approval and applause, and the 
popularity of the tickler of itcliing ears ; cheerfully unmmd- 
ful of any dominating message. The men who fill these pul- 
pits sermonize year in and year out, and' through it all 
stamp no one burning and ineffaceable truth on the minds 
of their audiences, and inspire no one life-giving 'message 
to dwell in the hearts of their hearers. They preach at ran- 
dom; aim at everythuig, and hit nothing. They have no 
message, and thereby constitute themselves a hindrance to 
the church of Jesus Christ. 

There is another group of preachers, however, — perhaps 
not so large as this first, who have a message. These revolve 
their sermons about a central fixed point, which, like the sun 
in determining the course of the planets, determines the 
color and emphasis of their preaching. This point is not 
identical for all the members of this group. For some it is 
the inculcation of moral ethics; for some it is splitting of 



theological hairs ; for some it is the resolution of world prob- 
lems ; for a few it is the defense of denominational practise. 
All the memljers of this gi'oup have a message, but all have 
not the same message. 

If it is true that a preacher without a message is an 
abommation and a hired hindrance, every minister of the 
glorious Gospel of Jesus, who wishes to serve faithfully his 
Lord and the church, must have a message as an activating 
motive and detenninant of his preaching. But is it enough 
to merely have a message, one of a number? Is there for 
the ministry of the church wliich the Christ founded, a 
single, definite, and certain message? Is the implication of 
the phrase "The Message of the Mmistry" a false note, or 
is it the expression of an implied truth, to wit — that every 
man who calls himself a minister of Christ will only justify 
the truth of that profession when he brings to the people 
the message which Jesus commissioned liim to bring? 

That there is but one message for a ministry true to its 
.sacred trust ; and, — that this message is the declaration of 
the good news that God has given to the world life, — full, 
rich, and abundant, — in Jesus Chiist : is the thesis of this 
sermon. 

The minister Avhose soul is fired with the knowledge that 
lie has a message for all men is the sort of workman the 
Lord wants in his vineyard. Let him step into his pulpit on 
Sunday with the realization that he has something to say to 
the people. Let him not like a fool, parade his brain-chil- 
dren before tlie admiring but blind eyes of his congregation, 
and think that he is being paid for being entertaining. Let 
liim not read from the sacred page as though it were an in- 
teresting book of fairy tales for grown-ups. Let liim not 
make long and vicarious prayers and' deceive the people into 
feeling that their religion is exhausted in supporting financ- 
ially his -ivorship. Let him be true to the ministry of Jesus 
Clirist because he brmgs to the world the message of that 
ministi'v. And that message is the ^offer of life through 
Jesus. 

The captain of a sinking vessel turned to his men as the 
boat was about to make the final lurch, and said, "My lads, 
one last word ; let not a mother 's son of you desert her until 
the flag is raised." That craft descended to her grave in the 
deep with her colors flying. That another flag should be 
hoisted' to the top of the mast to I'Cplace the one the storm 
had torn away was but a matter of sentiment, and meant 
the placing in jeopardy of every life on board the vessel. 
Yet to a man that crew respected the last words of her cap- 
tain. 



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There is another and greater Captain, whose last words 
we, his under-ofEieers, must respect. When the Christ said 
go into the last nook and farthest corner of this earth and 
tell to all the human creation the good news, he committed 
to those who should be his ministers one task, — and that 
task the preaching of the good news that for all who would 
receive it. there was life, complete and never-ending in 
Christ Jesus. It is not only respect for these, the last words 
of our greater Captain, that compels us to believe that this 
must be the message of the true ministry, but also the con- 
viction that these last words are a command the disregard 
of which makes the most eloquent and effective preacher a 
traitor to the cause he names. 

If there is one theme, like the golden melody which is 
sustained throughout all the minor harmonies of the ora- 
torio, around wliich must center the preaching of the minis- 
try, that theme must be the wonderful offer of the Son to 
all who thirst to drink freely of the water of life. He said, 
I came to seek and to save the lost, that they might have 
life, and have it more abundantly. How shall his mission 
be achieved if his ministry is not faithful to the promulga- 
tion of his offer, and makes not its proclamation their first 
business ? 

We have been painstaking in our emphasis of the fact 
that Jesus came to save men from their sins, but careless in 
pointing out that he saves for a more satisfying life in him, 
and to a service in his Kingdom. Our message needs more 
clearly and forcefully to tell to what, and for Avhat he saves 
us, rather than from what his salvation rescues us. Our 
churches are full of living commentaries upon the type of 
preaching which leads people to believe the acceptance of 
Christ's offer of salvation means nothing more than taking 
out an insurance policy against the fires of the next world. 

Perhaps the best means of making clear what I believe 
to be the vital message of the ministry will be found in 
pointing out what that message is not. We come best to 
the place of understanding what a thing is by first clearing 
the ground of the things it cannot be. 

The message of the ministry is not the preaching of 
theological phantasmas. Churchmen soundly berate the 
scientists because they are advancing under the guise of 
fact, their private speculations and hypotheses. Some of 
these preachers might with splendid effect take a dose of 
their own medicine. The Bible is packed so full of clear, 
certain, truth and teaching, that it is difficult to see the 
necessity for some of this sort of speculation about the 
things that God wisely, without a doubt, has not seen fit to 
fully inform us. Sermons dealing with the meaning of the 
number 666, the actual geographic location of Heaven and 
Hell, the precise date of the Lord's return, the origin of 
demons, and the hidden (to the ordinary student they appear 
wholly hidden) and allegorical meaning of obscure names, 
and events which are nothing more than bits of pure liis- 
tory ; these are specific examples. Of what matter is it where 
Heaven is located? Should not the preacher rather spend 
his time in starting the feet of men along the path that leads 
there? Suppose demons are the disembodied and jealous 
spirits of pre-adamites ; does the possession of this know- 
ledge satisfy the longing in a man's soul for God and a 
better, fuller life? To be certain, theorizing about these 
things is interesting, and provides pleasant pulpit diversion, 
but the minister who indulges in it will have to face the 
charge of dissipating the all too little time that is his in 
which to deliver the message of the Cross. 

The message of the ministry is not the preaching of 
moral ethics. The first business of the minister is to offer 
men life ; to tell them how to live must be always minor and 
secondary. Christians are to be instructed and taught, and 
therefore this may have its place. But it must not become 
the dominant note, the hub in the wheel of a man's preach- 
ing from -which and to which all the spokes lead. It must 
not usurp the role of the preacher's one and eternal mes- 
sage, but play only a minor and contributing part. 






Everyone is familiar with the pulpit that is devoted t 
the message of moral ethics. In season and out of season i 
prescribes the daily conduct of the people. It screeches a 
the pitfalls of modern life. It follows the line of least re 
sistance and the path of popularity in flaying mercilessl;' 
every popular sin. It descants platitudenously on the way; 
of the world, and the folly of worldliness. It is tireless ill 
telling the people that they are not righteous, and in deterj 
mining to a nicety what righteousness is. The failure of thisi 
pulpit lies not quite in that it preaches these tilings, but ii[ 
that it preaches them only. The message of a faithful min 
istry dare not be the message of moral ethics. 

The message of the ministi-y is not the declaration of the 
solution of social and political problems. These problenL«| 
^Yill be correctly solved by the men whom they most directly! 
face if in their minds and hearts is enthroned the Christ. 
The exalted business, and the first of the ministry is to per- 
suade men to make Christ the ruler of their lives. j 

The conversion of the pulpit into a forum for the dis- 
cussion of world peace, prohibition enforcement, political 
candidacy, the feministic movement, and the labor question, 
to the exclusion of the preaching of the Gospel of the Christ 
life, is a perversion of that sacred institution. Paul's deter- 
mination to know nothing among Ms congregation but 
Christ and him crucified seems a determination utterly for- 
eign to a lot of ministers who claim to belong to the same 
ministry. 

Again, the message of the ministry is not the preaching 
of denominational practises. An interested observer is 
struck with the discouraging fact that there are yet a lot 
of pigmy minds, sheltered by the dignity of the pulpit and 
fostered by a bigoted laity, who have no conception of the 
bigness of the message — that Christ has come as the great 
Physician to heal and give life to a sick and dying world. 
They think they have wholly exhausted the duties of their 
office when they have made it plain that Jesus expected us 
to literally take him at his word when he said, "Ye also 
ought to wash one another's feet." They feel that the min- 
istry's first business is to make good sound Brethren, de- 
pendable Lutherans, staunch Calvinists, or zealous Method- 
ists. They are men with one-stringed instruments, and seem 
to have in their repertoire only one piece that they can Avell 
play. They have a message, but it is a restricted and barren 
one; utterly sterile when compared to the glorious message 
which Jesus has commanded his ministers to carry to the 
M'orld. 

These denominational practices should have their proper 
emphasis. But the side show may never be justified in con- 
summg the main tent. The soul of the preacher dare not be 
scorched with the fire of such a fervid, but fruitless mes- 
sage. 

These are some of the messages which dominate the 
preaching from certain contemporary pulpits. No one of 
them is the message of a ministry true to the Christ who 
called it into being. A few may and should have a minor 
sti-ess in the preaching of that message which he commis- 
sioned us to preach when he said, "Go ye into all the world 
and preach the Gospel." But our fundamental business as 
a ministry is to say unto the world that the Master is come, 
and that he is calling for men to follow him, into a life of 
sweet fellowship and service. 

One will hardly presume to say exactly what a minister 
shall or shall not preach. Certain it is that he shall be in- 
excusable if he be trifling. Let him preach on those things 
that matter, and not waste his hearers' time and patience on 
fiddling and inconsequential subjects. Let him quit dis- 
cussing whether leaven be a symbol of good or evil, and treat 
of hoAv a man may become good though his evil heart be 
black mth sinning. Let him leave off trying to precisely 
place the angels in the scale of created beings, and devote 
his efforts to making men understand the place they hold 
in the heart of God, a place of such concern that God will- 
ingly gave his Son to redeem them to himself again. The 



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voice of the pi-eacher must come from out the reaches of 
eternity, carry into the valleys where men live and struggle 
with their greatest problem, the need of a Savior, and pass 
on into the distant future to be held for the day of account- 
ing. How awful is this responsibility! 

Fidelity to the message of the ministry of Jesus Christ 
does not mean that every sermon preached must proclaim 
in that many Avords that he has come to be the Way, the 
Truth, and the Life. It does mean that the central con- 
trolling purpose of the preachmg throughout the years shall 
be this divine theme of Christ as the life-giver. It means 
that the scarlet thread of the story of the Cross shall be 
woven into the whole texture of preaching. 

A ministry with a message, — and that message the 
Gospel or good news that Jesus gives to, all who ask — to 
drink of that water, which when they have drunk of it, they 
will thirst no more, but it shall be in them a well of Avater 
springing i;p into everlasting life ; this is my plea this morn- 
ing. 

The ci-y of Christianity's first and greatest preacher, 
caught up and echoed by the years, can be heard most dis- 
tinctly even now, — "Woe is me if I preach not the Gospel." 
Shall a man preach aught else? If he preach, and' be true 
to his ministi-y, he must preach the Gospel. 

Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. 



OUR DEVOTIONAL 



The Patience of Jesus 

By W. W. Wertman 

OUR SCRIPTURE 

m Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with 
6od through our Lord Jesus Christ : by whom also we have 
access by faith into this grace whereha we stand, and rejoice 
in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory 
in tribulations also : knowing that tribulation worketh pa- 
tience ; and patience, experience ; and experience, hope : and 
hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed 
abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto 
us (Rom. 5:1-6). My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall 
into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of 
your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her pei-- 
fect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting 
nothing (James 1 :2-4) . Be patient, therefore, brethren, unto 
the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandmen waiteth 
for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience 
for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also 
patient; stablish your hearts; for the coming of the Lord 
draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, 
lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the 
door. Take, my brethren, the prophets who have spoken in 
the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, 
and of patience. Behold, ^ve count them happy which en- 
dure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen 
the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of 
tender mercy (James 5:7-12). Cast not away therefore 
your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. 
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the 
will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little 
while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 
Now the just shall live by faith, but if any man draw back, 
my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of 
them who draw back into perdition; but of them that be- 
lieve to the saving of the soul (Hebrews 10:35-39). 

OUR MEDITATION 

Patience, the definition of which we very often do not 
fully realize, is endurance, constancy, forbearance, long suf- 



fering, a patient waiting for. Patience is that calm and un- 
ruffled temper with which the good man bears the evils of 
life. It also manifests itself in a sweet submission to the 
providential appointments of God, and fortitude in the pres- 
ence of the duties and conflicts of life. This is symbolical 
of Christ, his wonderful teaching, and his practice; his life 
was a steadfast and patient one, during all his three yeai-s 
of teachmg and healing among the sinsick and those phys- 
ically afflicted. 

God created man with a will, and he respects that will. 
His patience is shown when we are under conviction of our 
sins and will not yield ourselves to him. The precious blood 
of Jesus, which was shed for us, is still patiently calling the 
lost world to come unto him and is calling, ' ' Whosoever will 
accept. ' ' Patience, one of the greatest attributes of a Chris- 
tian life, was manifested in Jesus when he was here on 
earth. The wonderful patience that he possessed, with 
which we are all familiar, — which he showed towards Peter 
and to the other disciples, particularly the three in the gar- 
den of Gethsemane, on the last night — is an example which 
we should not forget. In Luke 8 :12 in giving the explana- 
tion of the parable of the sower, Jesus said, "But that on 
the good ground are they, which in an honest and good 
heart, havmg heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit 
with patience." We so often hear of the patience of Job, 
wMch is one remarkable instance of the power of God, but 
we of today have more plainly the patience of Jesus shown 
to us in many ways, and do we fully appreciate it? 

Wlien we think back these many years that he has de- 
layed his coming to claim his own. Oh, "The patience and 
tender love that he has manifested upon this old sin-cursed 
world, not desiring that any should perish!" Why do 
men and women resist his pleadings? Patiently he Avaits 
for each one to open his or her heart. And there surely is 
joy in heaven when his patience is rewarded. Many in- 
stances of the patience of Jesus are set forth in the Word, 
and they are among the brightest spots in his life, while 
here on earth with men. 

Patience is used about tiventy times hi the NeAv Testa- 
ment. In each instance it is strikingly brought to the mind 
of the reader just Avhat is implied. And if Ave as Christians 
Avould only take more heed to its meanings, hoAv much more 
benefit Ave AA'Ould get, also hoAV much more Avould Ave appre- 
ciate Jesus ! When God made his laromise to Abraham — as 
described in HebrcAvs 6 :13-15 — his patience Avas rcAvarded. 
"And so after he had patiently endured, he obtained the 
promise." 

As a Avhole Gospel church, Avith the Bible as our only 
creed, Ave must have the patience of Jesus, and of Job, and 
of all the saints ; for the evils of today are just as great or 
possibly greater than in Christ's days. We have the movies, 
the A'iolators of Prohibition, the seduchig dance halls, the 
alluring gambling dens, the vitiating cigarette habit and 
flapperism to contend with, and if Ave do not persistently 
combat these evils Avith the story of Jesi;s and his saving 
grace, and haA^e patience m our fight against the things of 
this Avorld, "we are not a AA'hole gospel church." 

And may the love of God and his son Jesus Christ, our 
blessed Redeemer, ever keep us faithful and laboring and 
praying for the harvest that is ripe and ready to garner. 

OUR PRAYER 

Our dear heavenly Father, Ave thank thee for thy Son 
Jesus Christ. Keep us eA^er near thee. Grant us the pa- 
tience that Jesus shoAved during his life. May Ave observe 
the injunction of thy Word, "In your patience possess ye 
your souls." Help ixs that Ave may indeed be patient in our 
souls, alAvays doing his will, and being patient in the midst 
of the evils that may befall us. And take us home Avhen 
Jesus shall appear to receive his oaati. In his holy name we 
ask it. Ainen. > 

Altoona, Pennsylvania. 



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SEJSTD 
WHITE GIFT 
OFFEBINa TO 



THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



:. D. SLOTTEB 

Treasurer, 
AsUand, Oliio 



Jesus and Zacchaeus 

By George S. Baer 

(Sunday School Lesson for February 18) 

Devotional Reading. — Psalm 24:1-5. 



Lesson Material. — Luke 19:1-10. 

Reference Material. — . Proverbs 3:13-18; 
Matt. 9:9-13; Luke 16:1-13. 

Golden Text. — The Son of man came to 
seek and to save that which was lost. — Luke 
19:10. 

Daily Home Bible Readings 

M. Jesus and Zacchaeus Luke 19:1-10 

T. Greed and its punishment, 2 Kings 5:20-27 
W. The woes of the oppressor, Hab. 2:6-14 
T. The Baptist and the Publicans, 

Luke 3:7-14 

F. Helping the poor, Deut. 15:7-11 

S. "By their fruits," Matt. 7:13-20 

S. Right living leads to blessing. 

Psalm 24:1-5 
Thoughts on the Lesson 

The purpose of Jesus' coming into the 
world gave sight to his eyes and feeling to 
his heart. He saw and sympathized with 
those whom he came to seek. Therefore he 
saw Zacchaeus, and touched his sinful heart 
with 'his sympathetic approach. Many of the 
good churchmen of that day would not have 
seen such a despised man as this tax commis- 
sioner, but Jesus saw him, for he was come 
to seek and to save that which was lost. And 
here is the secret of the whole story of our 
lesson today — the keenness of Jesus ' vision 
and the yearning of his heart for sinful men, 
however much despised they may be. 

Zacchaeus was handicapped in two partic- 
ulars. He was a dwarf and so stood no 
chance of seeing Jesus in the crowd that 
thronged about him. And he was despised by 
practically every s^elf -respecting loyal Jew be- 
cause of the business in which he was en- 
gaged, and so the other men would take the 
more advantage of his small stature and el- 
bow and jostle him about at will. Biit he was 
as shrewd as he was curious, and he ran 
ahead in the street of Jericho where Jesus 
was certain to pass and climbed a sycamore 
tree (not the English sycamore, but a fig- 
mulberry, having low Ijranches) where he 
niiglit get a sight of this wonderful teacher 
and healer, whom he had heard was a friend 
of sinners. And his efforts were rewarded 
more than he expected. Such is always the 
case. 

The Seeking Sinner 
will always be seen of Jesus who will not 
only condescend to speak to him, but will 
offer to abide with him and will transform 
his household, and change his entire attitude 
toward the things of life. It meant a great 
deal to Zacchaeus to have seen Jesu.s that day. 
On the one side it cost him the greater part 
of his wealth, filled his heart with the guilti- 
ness of his gains and unfitted him for the get- 
ting of wealth after the manner in which he 
had been getting it. But on the other side it 
meant new vision, new life, new friends and 
nc:w ambitions. And as his shrewd mind 
quickly weighed the relative values, he de- 
cided that seeing Jesus had gained him more 
than all it had cost him, and gladly he began 
to make reparations for the wrong he had 
done. Such always is the price that must be 
paid and, shall we not say, the reward for 
earnest and determined seeking after .Te.sus'? 

Jesus Sees the Sinrfer 

The sinner not only sees Jesus, but 
Jesus sees the sinner, sees his sins and 
sees his hopes, sees what he is and 
what he may become, and he approaches him 
in love, sets up a relationship with the sin- 



ner and stirs his heart with a desire for the 
nobler things of life. Jesus never glossed 
over any man's sins, yet he never looked 
with contempt upon nor bitterly reproached 
even the vilest repentant sinner, but rather 
identified himself with him and made him to 
feel that he had found a friend and a brother 
who understood and would help him to realize 
his better self. Then suddenly the sinful life 
would feel a change come over him, and be- 



hold all things would become new because his 
life had touched the Lord of life. 
A CShanged Life Means Changed Metliods 

The man who has sought and found Jesus 
can no more be the same than can a plant 
that is brought out of the cellar into the sun- 
light, and everything he does will take on a 
new meaning. He can no longer resort to the 
misuse of power, position or trust for person- 
al profit. Professional ethics take on a finer 
sense and business and industrial relations are 
lifted to a higher level. Life work is no long- 
er a matter of selfishness but of service, and 
all that is done bears witness to the grace of 
God working in and through life. 



Efficient Sunday School Administration 

By George F. Kem 

{Address ai Ohio Conference at Gratis, being published serially. Part III) 



The Sunday School and the Cfhurch. It 

might more appropriately be called the 
Church school instead of the Sunday school; 
as unfortunately at times there grows up a 
separation, a chasm between the church and 
the Sunday school. Some of the reasons for 
this might be that the pastor fails to conceive 
his duty toward the Sunday school work. 

The church boards are not made to feel 
their responsibility for the Sunday school 
work. Some people get an idea that Sunday 
school is for children and young people and 
that they are two distinct services — as will 
be evidenced by ingress and egress of a con- 
siderable percentage of attendants upon the 
dismissal of the Sunday school and convening 
of church ser^'ices. This is very regrettable 
and is sometimes the fault of the Sunday 
school and sometimes of the church, but it is 
a problem that needs solution more or less 
in every church. There should be greater cor- 
iclation of the programs of the two services, 
and the opportunity to enlist the young peo- 
ple's interest in one as well as the other must 
not be overlooked. The Sunday school should 
be a religious educational agency, an evan- 
gelizing power, a training place for Christians, 
both old and young, a socializing force with 
spiritual inspirations and motives. We are 
living in a strenuous age and the church 
should take a lesson from it and if it does 
not enlist the interest of its young people, 
there are many worldly things that will. 

The leaders of the Sunday school and 
church must find a way to tie to each other, 
and the common ground of finding a place 
for the young people in the work of both 
Sunday school and church would be the 
strongest knot in that tie. 

The Sunday School and Community Life: 

One of the tests of your work is, "Is the 
influence of your Sunday school felt in its 
community?" If it is like the religion of the 
Christian who lived a year among the rough, 
Godless "Lumber jacks" of our northern for- 
ests without any of them finding out that he 
was a 'Christian, — if in like manner it can 
exist in a community and no one knows it 
exists so far as its spiritual influence is con- 
cerned, it will get no further than the Chris- 
tian did in evangelizing the "Lumber .-jacks." 

Its work for the community is to make the 
home strong — religiously, educationally and 
socially, and if it does not assist in doing 
this, it can die and no one will ever miss it 
in the community, where it existed. It should 
have its home departments, its visitation com- 
mittees, its memljership committees, its social 
committees, and as there is no such a thing 
as a Christian community without Christian 
homes, it should carry its spiritual inspira- 
tions into tliese homes. 



It should uphold financially and otherwise 
the work of the Week Day Bible Schools and 
Vacation Bible Schools. It should assist in 
directing the sports, recreations, games and 
social activities of its young people. It must 
be a dynamic force in its community and not 
static; for if it is only a static force, if it 
does not already have a tombstone, it will 
soon need one. 



The Indiana Sunday Schools 

By Melvin A. Stuckey 

Just yesterday the canvass of the Indiana 
schools was completed. Occasionally a com- 
munity outbreak of contagious disease pre- 
vented the presentation of our program, but 
after a time some of these places may be 
visited again under more favorable circum- 
stances. 

Indiana has a large number of successful 
schools. The reason for this rests largely 
with the calibre of the superintendents who 
direct the affairs of their various departments. 
In many instances the work with the Chil- 
dren 's Department was nearly up to the stand- 
ard of the best requirements on the part of 
our own denominational standards and also 
on that of the International standard. With 
a live overseeing director; good, well-informed 
and sympathetic teachers; plenty of room for 
the pupils to worship; and a proper applica- 
tion of the graded lessons; any children's 
Avork ought to go forward. 

Sometimes the question arises, "How can 
a small school run its organization in such a 
way as to enable it to use some of the mate- 
rial prepared for the larger schools?" Other 
denominational supply houses outside of our 
church have issued pamphlets giving specific 
instructions on the use of a large program. 
In the instance of the graded lessons wtere 
three teachers are usually required to handle 
three classes of primary pupils, one teacher 
in our schools can unite these few children 
into one class to be taught over a period of 
three years. Where we have teachers who 
understand the nature of the graded series 
this method can be used very effectively. In 
this connection, it is very interesting to note 
that nearly all of our schools visited up until 
this time have either installed the graded 
system of instruction or have asked about the 
advisability of adopting it. If the "need of 
the pupil is the law of the school," then our 
Sunday schools are asking for a law in regard 
to the graded work. It vsdll also be well to 
bear in mind that the uniform series has a 
large number of arguments in its favor. The 
same thing is true of the graded lessons. The 
problem rests with the individual teachers 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



PAGE II 



•ho must administer fhe work of Bible teach- 

Another question concerns the workers' 
iceting. It is of great importance. It has a 
?ndency to unite the work of the whole 
?,hool. If any distinctive phase of the local 
unday school work lags, because of inatten- 
lon or carelessness, the program of the 
chool is retarded. To have every officer, 
;acher, and interested pupil to understand 
tie working details of every department is 
he purpose of the workers' meeting. Usually 
hi3 meeting has to be held under the stress 
f business and social conditions. The fol- 
jwing suggestive outline from a recent pub- 
cation may be of value to some superintend- 
nt who has no real method of conducting his 
,'orkers' meeting: 

eptember — Our Standard of Efficiency. 
(Brethren) 

1. The requirements of the standard. 

2. Attaining the standard. 

)ctober — Sunday School Scholars and Church 
Attendance. 

1. The realizable ideal. 

2. Methods found successful. 

November — Co-operation of Parents and 
Teachers: 

1. The Need of Co-operation. 

2. The teacher's part. (Parents invited 
to this meeting). 

)ecembor — The Problem of Substitute Teach- 
ers: 

1. The problem stated. 

2. Meeting the need. 

anuary — Sunday School Leakage: 

1. WTiere it occurs and why. 

2. How to prevent it. 
februaiy — Winning Every Scholar: 

1. The pivotal point, the crisis, and the 
problem .stated. 

2. The problem met. 



March — Training the Workers: 

1. Kind of classes. 

2. The training, its nature and scope. 
April — Special Days: 

1. Their purpose. 

2. The educational value. 
May — Sunday School Music: 

1. Its quality and place in the curriculum. 

2. Practical suggestions. 

June — Our Standard of Efficiency: 

1. Where do we stand? 

2. AVhat do we lack? 

The next two months can be spent, if vaca- 
tion dates do not conflict, in hearing reports 
from conventions, institutes, schools of meth- 
ods, and the like. This season also affords a 
tine opportunity for the work of the Daily 
Vacation Bible School. 

Other problems arise continually which will 
not be treated in this report. At the present 
time the Ohio schools are being visited i'nd 
in another report more questions concerning 
the condition of these schools, together with 
aU the rest that have similar difficulties, will 
be considered. 

Louisville, Ohio. 



White Gift Offerings, 

SIXTH REPORT 

Following are the contributions received 
from January 29 to February 3 in the order 
of their arrival: 

Falls City, Nebraska, ■ $ 43.00 

Susan Wyman, Sacramento, Cal., . . 1.00 

S. S., Mt. Pleasant, Pa., 6.00 

La Verne, California, S. S., $60.50; 

Young People's Class, $15.00; total, 75.50 

S. S., New Lebanon, Ohio, 40.00 

Eoanoke, Virginia, 25.00 

8. S., Burlington, Indiana, 47.04 



C. J. Larraon, Boswell, Pa., 2.00 

Washington, D. C: W. M. S., $15.00; 

C. E., $5.07; individuals, $12.00; 

total this week, ' 32.07 

(Previously reported, $102.48; 

Washington's grand total, $134.55). 

Total, $ 271.61 

Previously reported, 3,303.50 

Grand total, $3,575.11 

With hearty thanks to the Brethren 
churches, Sunday schools and other au.xiliaries 
your Association is able to announce the re- 
ceipts thus far as having e^xceeded those of 
last year. 

In the seven reports already published we 
find 41 White Gifts from contributors of the 
previous year who increased the'.r offeringa. 
These and the 40 Gifts from new sources pre- 
sent a fine e.xample of promptness. 

With such in.opiring comparisons and the 
records before us, is it unreasonable to believe 
that the remaining 26 contributors of last 
year, not yet reporting, really had the White 
Gift service with an offering, and that there 
has just been a delay in forwarding the 
amount? Let us suggest for your encourage- 
ment that if you will now bo as prompt as 
possible, and ihe average contribution of 
these remaining 26 churches or schools equals 
that of last year, then the "GOAL" wiU 
have been reached! 

This date is February 3. Last year the final 
White Gift came July 16, so no one should 
feel embarrassed in sending their remittance 
now. But we are improving wonderfully — 
111 Gifts last year; 108 this year to date. 
Again we say, thank you! 

lEA D. SLOTTER, Treasurer. 

44 West Third St., Ashland, Ohio. 



J. A. Garber 

PRESIDENT 



Our Young People at Work 



Melvin Stuckey 

SECRETARY 



Christian Endeavor 

Its Home and Leaders. By J. A. Garber 



Recently the writer was privileged to visit 
dstoric Boston, the home, not the birthplace, 
if Christian Endeavor. Perhaps it would be 
nier to say the headquarters, for Christian 
Endeavor seems to be at home the world over. 

Being an entire stranger in the "Hub" (a 
requent New England synonym for Boston) 
ny safety and enjoyment in the famous city 
eemed to depend on the information and di- 
ection which might be secured from Christian 
Dndeavor friends. My first objective, there- 
ore, was the World's Christian Endeavor 
Juilding. 

Stepping out of South Station one is some- 
rhat baffled with the proverbially crooked 
arrow streets through which hurries a 
rowded mass of humanity. My only recourse 
ppcared to be the busy "blue jackets." As 
oon as the words — Christian Endeavor — fell 
pon the ears of one he began pointing out 
he circuitous route. Following this winding 
ray through a part of the city and up Beacon 
[ill, I reached a destination where a desire 
f long standing was delightfully satisfied. 

At the corners of Mt. Vernon and .Joy 
treets alongside of the State Capital stands 
be five-story Headquarters ' building. En- 
sring it, to the left one finds the supply 
ook room, while to the right is the parlor 
Iready crowded with paintings, flags, souv 
nir badges, bound memorials incident to 
Christian Endeavor throughout the world, 
'reasurer Shartle, a most affable guide, ac- 
ompanied me through the building, ending 
lie tour with a call at the General Secre- 
iry's office where we met Mr. Gates, the 
ynamo of G. E. (Christian Energy would be 



appropriate). Superintendent Vandersall, a 
good friend formerly in Ohio, extended the 
survey to the roof garden from whence we 
viewed the Commons, Old South Church and 
other historic spots. Publisher Shaw was met 
as we left the building. He is much improved 
in physical strength. Father Clark, the seer 
of youth and Associate President Poling, the 
crusader of righteousness, were away. 

One cannot visualize the building without 
feeling that it symbolizes the stability of 
the movement, nor observe the leaders without 
being impressed with their sincerity and de- 
votion. Seeing is believing with reason. 

Note: We are appending Dr. Clark's mes- 
sage which some of you may not have re- 
ceived over the radio phone. 

What Is the Chief Benefit of 
Christian Endeavor? 

A friend of mine has given us the chief 
benefit of Christian Endeavor in a pithy sen- 
tence when he said. "Learning by doing: this 
is the idea Christian Endeavor has its patent 
on." 

Amid multitudinous ideas which Christian 
Endeavor has developed in the course of for- 
ty-two years many of us would pick out this 
or that feature, plan, or principle, but this 
thought is fundamental. Learning by doing 
is the underlying idea of Christian Endeavor, 
which is the "industrial school of the 
church." 

Much can be learned through books and 
teachers, but not everything. In Christian 



Endeavor the young people set themselves at 
work and, thus, self-governed and self-taught, 
practise what they preach, and what they 
learn from others. 

The great duty of a Christian is to bring 
others to a knowledge of Christ. It is a deli- 
cate though a vastly important duty. The 
Endeavorers learn to do it by doing it, not 
simply. by reading books on soul-winning. 

The young Christian snould learn to express 
his allegiance to Christ. This he learns by 
participating as 'his pledged duty in the meet- 
ings. 

The young Christian should find out the 
best ways of serving Christ, the church, and 
his fellowmen. This he learns, not so much 
from books or teachers, but by actual con- 
scientious service. 

The young Christian should learn to work 
with others. There is no way so good as by ■ 
actually serving with others on committees 
and in scores of ways which the society pro- 
vides. 

He needs to learn how to preside, how to 
conduct meetings, how to lead, how to bear re- 
sponsibilities. These things cannot be taught, 
but can be learned, and, as in other things, 
the Endeavorer learns how to do them just 
simply by doing them. It is no occult process. 
Practice makes perfect. 

The young Christian needs to learn the bles- 
sedness of fellowship with others. Christ'an 
Endeavor makes a specialty of union services 
united work, and joyful fraternization. 

The young person supremely needs to save 
and enlarge his soul, and to grow character. 
This he learns by losing his sou! in service for 
Christ and his fellows, according to our Lord's 
divine plan. Thus he grows character with- 
out knowing it. But others see it and God 
knows it. 

FRANCIS E. CLARK. 



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FEBRUARY 7, 192c 



Send Home Missionary Funds to 
WILLIAM A. GEARHART, 
Home Missionary Secretary, 

906 American Bldg-., Dayton, Ohio. 



MISSIONS 



Send Foreign Mission Funds to 

LOUIS S. BATJMAX, 

Financial Secretary Forelgm Board, 

1330 B. Third St., Long Beach, Callforn 



Some Interesting Letters to the Children from Miss Myers 



Bozoum via Bangui, French Eq. Africa., 
November 17, 1922. 

Dear little ones: 

Since writing to you last we have baptized 
iive more boys, and Sunday we shall take 
others down into the water and minister the 
sacred ordinance of baptism. All these Chris- 
tians are being taught eveiy day and they 
go out on Sundays to tell the Gospel story. 
How we praise God for the steadfastness of 
these babes in Christ. Indeed the enemy 
would destroy their lives, and when the little 
baby who was called Andre of whom I wrote 
to you before, died, the Christian parents had 
a hard struggle. How much they loved their 
baby, yet we could not save it. It was a test 
that they stood bravely and now they love 
Jesus more and have a stronger desire to serve 
him who permitted their baby to be taken 
away from them. They belong to the Bufi 
tribe and want to some day go back to their 
own people to tell them of Jesus ' love. 

Sister .and I thought we would like to itin- 
erate a little. We left the mountain peaks 
and dwelt near a large stream on a govern- 
ment building on the way to Lia. We were 
near the large chief Maidi, and preached in 
his village and the villages around him. The 
stay was short but we had about ten good 
meetings. We often told the story for the 
' first time and how eager they were to listen. 
One day we went so far we had to come back 
in the moonlight which is a good time to 
travel in Africa. One road had long muddy 
places and water stood in the road. We were 
carried over these on the back of a native. 
If we went far we took our meals with us. 
We had a blessed time. What_ joy to give 
the good news to those who have not heard it 
and to teach those who have heard some. 

Since then we have had another trip but of 
a different nature. Brother Gribble made two 
tipois and with his bicycle that Brother .Tob- 
son rode, we went to Bozoum, ■where brother 
and sister were married by the official, No- 
vember 10. Some of the bridges were out 
on the way and we had a great time getting 
the tipois and us across the deep water. After 
the wedding the wife of the official served 
us a nice dinner. Next morning we came 
back to Bassay. The Christian wedding will 
be next Sunday which should follow after the 
official wedding in this territory. Mr. and 
Mrs. .Jobson have a nice little home and we 
hope thev will live long and have a happv 
life. 

November 19, 1922. 
This morning we arose early for it was to 
be one of the greatest days at Bassay, At 
eight o'clock Brother Gribble married Brother 
.Tobson and Sister Hillegas, using the French 
language. After the ceremony Brother .Tob- 
son preached to the crowd who had gathered 
to see the marriage. We thon went to the 
Maidens' home where dinner was served at 
eleven o'clock. Mr. and Mrs. Pinilli, official 
at Bozoum, was here for dinner. They could 
not be here for the wedding. We Served din- 
ner French style, and had six courses. After 
the dinner we went to the Jobson home for 
coffee. After a little chat and the takinn: 
of pictures we went each of us to to our 
home or resting place. About four o'clock 
the Christian natives with their wives niet on 
the grounds of Brother .Tobson to enjoy a 
feast that he had given them. AVe then went 
to the water to baptiz" two boys, one Baya 
and one Kare. It had been a very busy dav. 
It was dark when we ate RUT)per, and now it 
is too late to go to the villagfiR to preach. 
Thus en doth this day. 



Tomorrow Brother Gribble will go to Ban- 
gui to meet Dr. Gribble and Brother Bennet. 
After my little spell of sickness I thought I 
had better go home at this time, but my heart 
does not feel at rest to go home just yet so 
I am staying longer. When more workers ar- 
rive I shall go home. Just a while longer to 
tell these hungry hearted natives the love of 
Jesus. We hope that the next feW months 
■u-ill tell much of the preaching of the Word, 
and that we will have many to report to you 
who have accepted him. 

Keep praying for us for we need your pray- 
ei-s. ESTELLA MYEES. 

Bozoum, via Bangui, French Eq. Africa, 
December 4, 1922. 
Dear Children: 

So many things to tell you little boys and 
girls that I do not know what to tell first. 
I could talk to you a long day and then not 
finish all I want to say. We are all so happy 
here, Mr. and Mrs. .Tobson in their little cozy 
home and me in mine, although my house is 
being fixed a little that it might be ready for 
the couple from Bangui that have been sep- 
arated so long. Brother Gribble ought to be 
in Bangui by this time but we hardly think 
that Doctor Gribble and Brother Bennet are 
there yet. Anxiously do we wait thoir ar- 
rival. 

The Word is being preached much these 
days on the grounds and in the villages. 
Every morning Brother Jobson holds services 
on the place and the people come from the 
villages to hear. Most any time of the day 
the story is told. One day a chief from a far 
village came to hear tKe Word, with several 
of his wives. The little organ was brought 
and at the first sound of it one of the wives 
arose to leave not knowing what it was and 
was frightened. How reverent these people 
are when one pi'ays! Even the little chil- 
dren will put their hands over their faces 
and be as quiet as can be. I wonder whether 
they do better than the little white folks, in 
this respect. 

Yesterday I left home about 6:00 o'clock in 
the morning iWth my little boy, Dobeli. We 
took with us some food, a canteen of water, 
Kare dictionary' and the Word of God. The 
sun was just peeping up so red and beautiful 
and seemed to say, "You sec there are no 
clouds in the sky and I shall shine hot today 
and you have a long ways to go." But little 
Dobeli was full of courage, even though his 
limb hurt where he had been whipped a few 
davs ago by a Kare boy, who said he was 
calling demons when playing on his little 
mouth organ, "Nothing but the blood of 
.Tesus," and he would not throw the instru- 
ment away for he knOAv it was from us and 
not a thing of the devil. 

Little Dobeli 'has no father or mother. His 
father died when he was a baby and his 
mother was one of the women that was pois- 
oned by her tribe soon after we anived here, 
of which T wrote to you before. The tribe 
said she had a demon and that she was the 
cause of the boys' death so they forced 
poison down her neck. The Kare believe 
when Dobeli otows up he will be possessed 
with a demon. This makes the little boy very 
sad. Dobeli is about seven vears of age I 
judge. He is black as coal but has a very 
sweet face with his dimnle in his cheek that 
shows most all the time for he is a happy lad. 
He has a quick mind and beautiful voice to 
sipg. He knows the words of the songs and 
helps so much in the meetings. He loves 
•Tesns and his pr.ayers are so sweet. He often 



repeats in his prayer after thanking Jesus l| 
sending the white people here to tell the go] 
news and of his love for him enough to c 
for him. "Oh Jesus gora mi du mo ta nE 
po ' ' — ' ' Oh Jesus my heart longs for you : 
the time. ' ' He has asked for baptism and t 
day will come when he will be taken doi 
into the water and testify to his people th 
Josus died on the cross to rid one of all sup; 
stition, as well as any other sin in the h 
man race. Dobeli has a temper and vs-'hen t 
people tease him he loses it. He is sorry f 
this and prays that Jesus will make his hea 
want to tell the boys of Jesus' love wh( 
they provoke him. He prays for those wl 
tease him calling them by name and as] 
Jesus to change their hearts. Sometimes ] 
has a very hard time and likes to stay ne; 
us, for he craves kindness. While I am wri 
ting this to you he is sitting near. 

So we started off yesterday morning askii 
God to protect us and to bless the Word thi 
would be spoken and to open their hearts ■ 
it. We always ask for his strength for v 
know we have none. And God did help f 
it was a hard journey. Every village T 
came to we told them of Josus' love and poi 
er to save. The villages were close togeth 
and at five different places on the way ' 
Chief Yabinous we preached to crowds. M 
reached the place of the chief about 2 P. 1 
and stayed just long enough to give them tl 
Gospel story and eat our lunch. Not fi 
from the chief's is a large river where hi 
popotamuses live. The natives said they cou 
be seen every day but I was too tired to wa! 
to the river, knowing the trip home was b 
fors us and two other places to tell the stor 

In the villages they showed me their wir 
less telegraphy. It is a hole made over slan 
ing ground with pieces of wood across tl 
hole like slats. These slats are of differe: 
size and are kept in place by little pegs. Th« 
pound these slats with a stick padded at tl 
end, with some sort of grass. They talk • 
each other on these things and the messaj 
is carried a long distance. Another takes t 
the message and carries it on until a messaj 
can go over the land with great speed, 
native will tell you that an animal has bet 
killed a few minutes after it is dead, althou| 
it is six to nine miles away. They gii 
alarms that the white people are on the pat 
I had them call crowds for me several placi 
and soon they came running up to the plac 

We happened to tell the stoiy in one vi 
hige near the place where they meet to a 
pease the evil spirits. Fork-like sticks we: 
standing in a row and on these forks we: 
teeth of animals. The teeth were put the: 
that thoy mig<ht catch more animals. Belo 
the sticks was a little wooden piece of woe 
carved like a head and neck. To this imaj 
they gave food and talked to it so that tl 
evil spirit would not be angry with them ar 
would give them their wish. If they wishe 
to kill an animal or to keep well or to 1 
cured of some disease they came to this imaj 
and talked to it. I asked them to explain a 
about why they had it there, for I want{ 
to know -n-hether they were doing anythii 
contrary to the way of God. They .said thf 
wanted nic to teach them the way that led i 
th(^ good place and I told them I feared the 
were doing something that displeased tl 
good God very much. Different ones told n 
what it meant to them and after all was sai 
I prayed to God for power to show them tl 
shi of it all and what the Word of Gc 
taught. Time rolled by, yet they listened wit 
hungry hearts while I told them of our li' 
ing God who loved and understood. This a 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



PAGE 13 



IS sacred to them but they knew ray heart 

,d only love for them and carefully I told 

biat they were doing and pleaded with them 

forsake these gods and turn to the true, 

?ing God. Oh! how my heart yearns for 

ese people who know no better. The ex- 

ession ou their faces while you explain to 

em the truth contained in God 's Word 

ould draw any one to forsake all for Jesus 

j id come to the needy fields to tell those who 

low it not the message of the cross. Many 

ars have been shed after leaving them 

i.jjj hen- they pleaded for more of the story, yet 

ir strength was not equal to it. 

With weary bodies we left the last village 

wind our way home over the rocks, through 

le forest and taU grass praying for the souls 



of the ones who had heard the Word, and for 
missionaries for those who have not as yet 
heard it. I knew it was moonlight and told 
the little lad he could run on ahead, I was 
very tired and wanted to take my time. He 
said, "I will stay by you all the wa,y; I do 
not want to leave you for you might get 
lost. ' ' Sometimes it is hard to tell where the 
road leads after crossing a rock that covers 
about an acre. It was a blessed day and 
A\hat joy! 

Little folks, you can not read between the 
lines of this letter to you, but oh I pray that 
some who read will hear that still voice 
pleading to them to come over and help. 
Wi^h much love, 

ESTELLA MYERS. 



MISSIONARIES TO THEIR FELLOW- 
COUNTRYMEN 

The Church of England launched an unusaul 
mission to India not long ago. It was not a 
mission to convert Mohammedans, or Brah- 
mans, or Buddhists, or Parsees. It was a mis- 
sion to Europeans in India. The work of the 
twenty-five clergymen and six women mission- 
aries will be among the ofEicial classes, the 
military forces, the large commercial and 
business community, and in the schools for 
English-speaking children. This mission was 
planned more than seven years ago, but was 
delayed on account of the great war, and is 
an answer to the Anglican Bishops in India, 
who have long felt the need of a quickening 
of the spiritual life of their own countrymen. 



NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



4 



ST. JAMES, MARYLAND 

Ou June 14, 1[)22, after Seven years of 
renuous college life at Ashland, we jour- 
liyed in our new I'ord toward the Southland. 
'* t he trip was a pleasant one even if we aid 
' "iive to climb the many mountains on low 
'''f3ar. We landed in our new field on the six- 
'feenth to begin our first work as pastor of the 
['*. James Brethren church. We found a big 
Wad needy field, yet a willing and spieiicua 
"'.ass of people to work among. The former 
"iastur, Rev. Spacht, who did a splendid work 
■jlfhiie here had left for his home m Ohio about 



■'"jie first of April. Rev. Roy Long of Hagers- 
^^\>wn. amply filled the pulpit several times be- 
■"[■'jre we arrived. Sis were bajjlized and tak- 
""'la into the church by him. 
™jl Our first task was to re-organize and write 
HI Constitution and By-Laws. The old Consti- 
"jfition could not be found for some reason so 
"f* committee was appointed and a new one 
'^1 'jrmed. It was adopted by an unanimous 
'•'ote at a special called business meeting. The 
'"fliurch book was also found to be in need of 
Twenty-five names of members were 



bund who were not on the book at all and 



''bout the same number ha.d to be marked 
'cte because of death or transfer of luember- 
'1'iip. 

'»' The congregation here is large, numbering 

•''bout 450 members. Many of these are in- 

'ifferent and spiritually dead. The greatest 

- isk here therefore is to make an attempt to 
'' j-enlist those in the work of the church. The 

■'rmons preached have nearly aU been aimed 
■' 't deepening the spiritual life of the church. 
""he members are scattered over a large ter- 
'' itory and thus much driving is required to 
f all on all. Over 250 calls have been made 
'"jince we came into the field. 
■" There are three regular preaching points. 
"lit. James is the main church and all hold 
'"' llieir membership there. One of the other 
""' harges is at Tilmington, about three and a 

- alf miles southeast on the Sharpsburg pike. 
', fe have over one hundred members in and 
"'■ear the village. There are thirty homes in 
f lie village in which we have members. This 
"' oint is, or soon ought to be, strong enough 
-„ have a separate organization. We worship 

a a hall owned by a lodge. The other point 
5 at Wooburn, about seven miles south of 
it. James, near the Potomac River. Here we 
ave our own church builamg but very few 
lembers. It is the pastor's hope that this 
uilding can some day be moved to Tilming- 
on and thus have preaching only at the two 
oints. It would he better to work in a 
mailer territory and do that well, than try 
cover too much and thus accomplish verr 
ittle at either place. There is more work to 
e done at St. James and Tilmington than one. 
astor can do without trying to keep alive a 
bird community. 
This congregation faces the same problem 



as does most of the rural churches, namely, 
the moving of its members to the city. At 
present we have nearly fifty-five members in 
Hagerstown. Over half of these are inactive, 
thus no help to our church nor to the First 
Brethren church in Hagerstown. Brother Car- 
penter, who is their loyal pastor, took time 
to aid me in locating our members there. I 
want to thank him through these pages for 
his assistance in helping njo to get started in 
the new field. 

Several special services are worthy of men- 
tioni We have been observing all special 
days as outlined by t'he Bicentenary Secre- 
tary. Stewardship Day was one of the most 
successful. Two young people signed as life 
work recruits. The one a young man who will 
enter the ministiy, and the other a young girl 
\vho will become a missionary to Africa. Both 
are in high school at present. Twelve signed 
the Tithers ' card, and we are hoping for more 
soon. 

On Decision Day we had two young ladies, 

■ both members of the Sunday school, to accept 

Christ as their Savior and unite with the 

church. Another young girl united a few 

weeks before. 

On January 10th, Rev. A. T. Ronk came into 
our midst to hold our revival services. He 
firet preached for two weeks at St. James, 
with the result that ten accepted Christ as 
their Savior. Among these was the father of 
a large famity. We are hoping and praying 
that the rest of the family -ndll also make 
the confession and come into the church. Two 
have since expressed their desire of uniting 
with us. The church has been strengthened 
in eveiy way and much good accomplished. 
The Christmas season hindered the attendance 
some as most of the churches of this com- 
munity were busy preparing their Christmas 
program. The meeting closed with the chil- 
dren giving their progTam to a filled house. 

Then beginning on December 26th, Rev. 
Bonk held a two weeks' meeting at Fairplay, 
which is just a half mile from Tilmington, 
due to the fact that the hall at Tilmington 
could not accommodate the crowd. This was 
a community meeting and all churches united 
in a splendid way, sending special delegations 
on different nights. Our church members as 
well as the members of the other churches 
participating were greatly inspired and 
strengthened. Rev. Ronk spoke to a packed 
house nearly eveiy night. Seventeen came 
forward and accepted Christ as their Savior 
and Lord. Of these twelve expressed their 
willingness to come into our church. Eleven 
of those have already been baptized and re 
oeived into the church. The other one, a boy 
nine years of age was hindered from coming 
by his mother. 

As a result of the two meetings eighteen 
have already been baptized and taken into the 
church. The rest will soon receive baptism 



and also be received into the church. If all 
come into the church that have expressed 
their willingness the result will reach twenty- 
five. These with the three taken in before 
the revival service and two others by letter 
wdll make a total of thirty since coming into 
the field. We are hoping that as a result of 
the meeting others will yet acknowledge 
their duty to God and make the confession 
and come into the church. 

I would like to say a word in regard to 
Rev. Ronk as an evangelist. I feel that the 
Brethren church can be proud of men like 
him. He is a true Brethren preacher. He 
has the ability to present the Gospel in such 
a way that sinners are persuaded to yield to 
the grace and authority of Christ. He is able 
to handle the Gospel of Christ effectively. He 
deals with the very heart of the Gospel. He 
preaches with a positive tone the whole Gos- 
pel of Christ. 

LESTER KING, 
Pastor St. James Church. 

Lydia, Maryland. 



A COMMUNICATION FROM WYMP'S GAP 

For some time I have had in my possession 
a communication from Elder ij.arry Harwood, 
the pastor in charge of the new Brethren 
church at Wymp 's Gap, Fayette county, Penn- 
sylvania. Recently a death among the mem- 
bership of the new congregation made it nec- 
e.ssary for me to make a trip into the Gap, 
and I was reminded of the letter which 
Brother Harwood had sent me. I take plea- 
sure in presenting the brother's modest re- 
port of the work he has been trying to accom- 
plish. The letter is addressed to me as a per- 
sonal communication, but has an accompany- 
ing permission to send it for publication if 
I deem tit. The letter follows: 

I feel it my duty as Elder of our little 
band here to let you know how things are 
going. Wish to say that all of our little fam- 
ily have taken up their cross for the Master. 
All are working hand in hand with their El- 
der in the splendid work that is now in pro- 
gress. We are making a canvass of our ter- 
ritory here, from home to home, and meet- 
ing with no little success. I have been pray- 
ing incessantly to my Lord for strength and 
victory of souls. 

One family whom I have prayed for these 
four years, has yielded to Christ. It was one 
of the most spiritual manifestations I have 
seen in months, God being very present and 
helping those who were seeking him. Had 
five at the altar and all were saved, God be 
praised. Many others were deeply touched 
that could not yield and left the house. I 
now have nine to be baptized as soon as the 
weather permits. 

There were present at this meeting several 
members of the Mountain Grove church. 



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(This is the congregation to which appeal had 
been made by tne vVymp's Gap ^ruup for 
heip, beiore they sent word to the Br^;thren. 
— iseiotb). Ail were deeply affected over the 
outcome. Several from tnat church speak of 
coming to this class. Our spiritual prayer 
meetings are attracting widespread attention 
among other classes and inviiations are being 
sent us to visit their circuits. We are doing 
a good work and cannot find time to go. 
Praise the Lord. 

We expect to hold our nrxt Love JTeast in 
May, at which time these will all be added 
to our church. We are looking forward for 
better work. Pray for me and my charge. 
Sincerely, 
HAEKY HAltWOOi), Elder, 
Wymp's Gap Brethren Church. 
P. O. Address, K. F. D. 1, 
Smiihlitld, ijayette Co., 
Pennsylvania. 

Brother Harwood's letter seems to me to 
have a spirit of real earnestness, and I have 
reason to believe that the people all respect 
him in his home community. And the cliar- 
acter of the work must be above average 
wlien he is receiving invitations to go out- 
side his own congregation to conduct services. 
Personally 1 am lOuKing to hear of some fine 
work yet being done among the good people 
at Vvymp's Gap, and we shall hope for other 
reports from Elder Harwood. 

Fraternally, 
DYOLL BELOTE. 



NEWS OF THE COIiLZGE 

No school Thursday and Friday of last 
week, due to a temporary breakdown of the 
boiler. 

The Girls' Glee Club rendered three pro- 
grams since last writing, at Polk, Loudon- 
viue, and Smithville. At the latter place the 
program was given for the benefit of our 
cnurch there. The Club was served a chicken 
supper in the basement of the new church, 
which was fully appreciated by the girls. 
Smithville has just completed a new church 
building which is modern and very beautiful. 
Thanks is hereby expressed on behalf of the 
Glee Club for tne many kindnesses shown 
them while there. Miss Beulah Butt, a mem- 
ber of the club lives in Smithville. 

Work is going forward on the new build- 
ing and we have been promised the use of it 
by April. We certainly must have it for the 
Summer School. 

EDWIN E. JACOBS. 



LOREE, rUDLaJSTA 

On December 26 we began our revival meet- 
ings following a good Christmas program on 
the 25th. Brother Harley Zumbaugh led us 
in the song services each evening, which was 
very inspiring and was enjoyed by all, not 
only members of our church but other people 
as well. The preaching was done by the pas- 
tor and we feel that this was as good a meet- 
ing as we ever were privileged to enjoy. 
While we did not receive so many into the 
church yet we got some very substantial ma- 
terial. We received five; one boy and two 
men and their wives. We could not expect to 
get so many after the harvest of last win- 
ter. There were not so many to get. But the 
meeting had a far-reaching effect and we had 
the backing of the entire community. We 
never experienced a better feeling among peo- 
ple in general as there was manifested here. 
We only had a two weeks' m-eeting, but from 
the very beginning the people seemed to for- 
get everything else but the meeting. These 
people surely know how to support their pas- 
tor or any other preacher when he is doing 
his best to win men to Christ. We are fol- 
lowing up the revivals with a series of ser- 
mons on the doctrines of the Brethren church. 
We have a number of people from other 
churches that worship with us that do not 
understand our doctrines. 



The Sunday school is moving along fine. 
Brother W. A. Shinn was elected again as our 
superintendent. We are not going by leaps 
and bounds but by a steady healthy growth 
and we feel that the coming year will be the 
best. 

The Woman's Missionary Society is doing 
fine work and is ever active under the lead- 
ership of Mrs. Ora Turner. There are now 21 
girls m the Sisterhood. They have some very 
interesting meetings. Mrs. Steward is their 
Patroness. Every department of the church is 
alive and active. This is another rural church 
that when you see the interest and attend- 
ance at all the services you are made to be- 
lieve that the time has not come for the pass- 
ing of the countiy church. This is our fifth 
year of service for these people and their in- 
terest and prayers in our belialf makes it a 
pleasure to work with them to glorify God. 
Brethren, lift us up to the throne of Grace 
that we may ever be humble and faithful to 
the Master. C. A. STEWAET. 



tized the following Saturday and forma' 
taken into the church at that time. 

May God richly bless them in their new : 
lation. S. D. KESSLEK. 



FAIE HAVEN, OHIO 

As there has been no report from i'air 
Haven for several years and as we look upon 
the news from the field as one of the inter- 
esting features of the Evangelist, we feel im- 
pelled to give a short report of passing events. 
We have suffered severe losses the past few- 
years from removals, yet we have a loyal 
group of workers who are usually at their 
post. 

We re-organized our Sunday school the first 
of the year, making some changes in the per- 
sonnel of the official force. Brother W. C. 
Martin was elected superintendent and the 
school is moving along nicely under his super- 
vision. Some enanges were made in the selec- 
tion of teachers, — some new ones facing the 
class with some of the old guard now in the 
class, thereby creating what we might term 
an emergency force. 

We held a two weeks ' revival service dur- 
ing the holiday vacation. Brother O. C. Starn, 
our pastor, an advanced student of Ashland 
College held the meeting. Owing to weather 
conditions and sickness m the community the 
attendance was not large, yet we had a good 
spiritual time together. And we wiU add in 
this connection that those receiving no inspir- 
ation and blessing were those who were not 
present. Brother Starn is a strong reasoner 
in the pulpit and seems to be peculiarly 
adapted to personal work in the field. He is 
fitting in nicely as pastor here, yet both he 
and the church realize the handicap in not be- 
ing a resident pastor, thereby losing the ad- 
vantage of that touch with the religious as 
well as the social activities of the community 
that a resident pastor would have. No pastor 
can do his best spending only a few hours 
with his charge every two weeks. However 
we believe it is within the range of possibil- 
ities for a church to prosper and progress even 
under these conditions if we assume the prop- 
er spiritual attitude between services. We 
had a union service on the second Sunday of 
our meeting. Brother Wiley of the Church of 
the Brethren with his members came over, he 
giving us a very inspirational message which 
was enjoyed by all present. This was in re- 
turn for Brother Starn giving them a service 
during their meeting some time previous. We 
could not help but think what the possibili- 
ties for service might be if the union were 
permanent. However, the relations between 
us are kindly and we hope for a closer co-op- 
eration as time goes on. We were greatly re- 
joiced at the closing service of the two weeks ' 
effort, when the invitation was given five 
souls made the good choice and came forward, 
three promising young people and a middle- 
aged couple, husband and wife. We feel that 
a great victory was won both from a view- 
point of the worth of a soul and the adapta- 
bility of these people being of service for 
Christ through the church. They were bap- 



THE NEW CHUBCH AT SOUTH BtiNI 
INDIANA 

Many friends are inquiring about the di 
ication of our new church at South Bend, 
the organ is shipped when the manufacture 
say it will be, w-e will dedicate somewhf 
between the 1st and the ISth of March. 1 
Beachler, of Waterloo, Iowa, will have char 
of the dedicatory services including those 
the entire day. This wiU be followed by 
series of meetings conducted by Dr. C. 
Bame, of everywhere. On Sunaay of dedi( 
tion we aa-e expecting the brethren of Non 
eru Indiana to show South Bend that t 
"Fords and Brethren" are in a fair way 
take the country. Our new church will eas 
seat 800 people, and if we do not get it f 
that day, I never expect to see it filled, 
course, A. E. and Mrs. Thomas will be he 
Brother Stewart will have to come or we v, 
disown him; why mention the ministe 
"tried and true" for we expect you all. 
will be worth it all to eat with us at noc 
to see Beachler 's "in action" smile as 
raises $40,000 to finish paying for a $60,C 
church budding; to see a representatj 
Brethren church, built around three outstai 
ing features, a great auditorium for worsh 
nineteen large class rooms for religious edu: 
tion, and a well equipped basement story J 
the social activities of the work; to join 
the inspiring singing — all of which marks 1 
beginning of a new day in South Bend. "< 
will be disappointed, brethren, if you do i 
come. Watch for the announcement. 

We have had 21 additions since the first 
October, with ability enough to start a chui 
of their own. G. W. EENCH 



FEOM HEEE AJSTD THERE 

So numerous have been the scoldings 
ceived by the writer and so many promii 
have we made to report to the Evangelist ( 
whereabouts and work, the time is here 
make good or break faith. Late in Octob 
it was our good fortune and pleasure to ass 
Brother G. C. Carpenter and his folks 
Hagerstowu in a campaign for souls. Th( 
the church was found ready and things 1 
gau to happen at once. Excellent cro-n 
greeted us from the first, and never have ■ 
had greater attention or appreciation th 
shown by these folks, of "The Gateway 
the South. ' ' Brother Carpenter is a fine yo] 
fellow and a tireless worker for the best o 
come of the church's activities. Nothing v\ 
left undone by either the pastor or peo] 
for the comfort and entertainment of t 
evangelist. We shared the home of Brotl 
Walter Fahrney during the stay in Hage 
town, besides sitting at the tables of so ma 
of the other members. Hospitality, that's t 
word that fits all these friends. 

There is another friend also in Hagerstoi 
with whom we had the pleasure of breaki 
bread. Brother Holsaphle, the pastor of t 
Church of the Brethren. There is a splenc 
fellowship between the two churches, a con 
tion that should prevail throughout be 
brotherhoods. If all of us in both brand 
of Dunkardom felt as Brother and Sisi 
Holsaphle there would be no time lost in t 
opening of negotiations with the view to t 
uniting of all our forces, neither would the 
be difficulty in finding a satisfactory so 
tion of all the associated problems. 

After a couple of days ' sight-seeing 
Washing-ton, D. C. w-e opened the next mei 
ing in Maurerto^vn, Virginia, with Brother 
B. Shaver. At last we were m the Shens 
doah Valley — the beautiful Shenandoj 
Much has been said and written about tl 
valley but it must be seen and its peoj 
known to be appreciated. Maurerotwn has 



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loyal band of Brethren folks. Tte pastor, E. 
B. Shaver, is the war-horse of the valley, 
through whose efforts with a few others oi 
Che older men has been made strong the 
cause of Brethrenism, from Winchester to 
Koanoke. He is in the eighties, yet, nimble as 
a cricket and stands by the guns in preach- 
ing the GospeL We had a fine time with his 
church. Folks came for 20 miles over those 
wonderful roads, and the church was iilled 
night after nig'ht to the disappointment of 
many who were unable to get in. With these 
folks we enjoyed the historic hospitality of 
the south. We occupied the ' ' Preacher 's 
Room" in the Shaver home. 

From here we made a hurried jump and be- 
gan the meeting at St. James, Maryland, the 
night following. Lester King, the pastor, met 
us at the depot and our home for the next 
four weeks swung wide its doors and the 
Poffenbergcrs maae us welcome. Four weeks 
we labored with the folks of St. James' 
church, preaching two weeks at each of two 
preaching points — the home building and a 
community house at Fairplay. The first two 
weeks were a Brethren meeting but the last 
two were conducted as a community effort. 
Four or five denominations came in and all 
worked as one for the salvation of the lost 
of the community. The results of both the 
meetings will be reported by the pastor. These 
four weeks with Brother King we enjoyed 
greatly and we found him and his wife uni- 
versally loved by saint and sinner and al- 
though he has a hard field he is rising to meet 
its demands with success written large. I 
know of no other expression that fits the parts 
of Maryland around Hagerstown and St. 
James than "rock ribbed" for the outcrop- 
ping of limestone is so notioeable to the 
stranger as to be the outstanding feature, but 
between the rocks they can surely grow corn 
and wheat. 

After three weeks' rest at home at Winona 
Lake with the family, I am now in the first 
week of a campaign in Elkhart, Indiana. With 
a fine opening spirit and earnest praying we 
await the working of the Holy Spirit in tho 
hearts of men. A. T. KONK. 



When we pray "Give us this day our daily 
Bread," we think the Lord meant us to seek 
something else than physical bread. We need 
the spiritual nourishment very much more 
than we need the physical. Eeligion is a 
daily building-up of the soul by feeding on 
the bread of life. 



QUABTERLY EEPOET FKOM NAPPANEE 

The past quarter has been a most active and 
busy one for us. Shortly after our district 
conference the pastor was granted time to 
assist the brethren of the Campbell church 
in Michigan. This meeting has been reported. 
Then after that Miss Aboud commenced a 
three weeks' effort at Gravelton where the 
Nappanee pastor preaches on alternate Sun- 
day afternoons. All our spare time in even- 
ings was given to assisting in the meeting at 
Gravelton. Nine were baptized and added to 
the church as a result of this meeting. Grav- 
elton has been loyal to the Brethren princi- 
ples and has sent several ministers into the 
field of service. After the Gravelton meet- 
ings closed Miss Aboud held a two weeks' 
effort with us in Nappanee. She surely gave 
us some fine discourses. The sister was here 
two years ago and had a very well attended 
meeting. At that time she came on a moment 's 
notice, and it was quite the same this time. 
But the trip that Sister Aboud made to the 
Holy Land last summer put an element into 
her discourses that was relished by all. Any 
church could well arrange to have her for 
two or three weeks just to give her inspira- 
tional and instructive sermons on the land 
and the Book. 

After these meetings were all out of the 
way the greater part of our time was given 



over to preparation for Christmas. Miss 
Cora Gulp was the general chairman of the 
committees that put on one of the best, if not 
the best, Christmas programs that the Nap- 
panee church has ever put across. And such 
a crowd as the program brought out! The 
program was in two parts. The first part was 
a mixed program of song, recitation and ex- 
ercises. The second part was a well prepared 
and most excellently delivered cantata. The 
Sunday school band of twenty pieces parti- 
cipated in the first part. This organization 
is niaking good and putting pep into the Sun- 
day school sessions. They assist in the song 
music and also render a couple of other sele^:- 
tions each Sunday morning. 

Our White Gift offering was up to our 
usual standard. The Thanksgiving offering is 
taken care of by the C. E. society and so 
we do not appear large in that in any one 
report. Our aim is, however to make our ap- 
portionment for the year. 

There are many local church duties to keep 
the pastor going, but along with these he is 
able to help in other things as well. The 
union Thanksgiving service was preached in 
the Evangelical church by the Brethren pas- 
tor. The week of prayer also found the 
Brethren preacher taking his evening along 
with the rest. This week of prayer has come 
to be one of the big things in Nappanee. We 
assign the topics to the several co-operating 
pastors and then meet in different churches 
night after night. The places of meeting are 
advertised, but the preachers are l.eft unad- 
vertised. This makes things go along with 
some degree of zest and surprise. Large 
crowds attend these meetings. 

We have had several funerals during the 
quarter, not all of them being of our own 
members. But at the same time we have also 
taken eleven into membership with us by bap- 
tism, letter and relation. Now we are in the 
midst of preparation for our annual evange- 
listic meeting which commences on February 
twelfth with Brother E. Paul Miller at the 
helm. Everybody seems to be on the move 
for better things. We are conducting a ser- 
ies of cottage prayer meetings on Tuesday 
and Friday afternoons and evenings as one 
means of stirring up interest and getting in 
closer touch with the Lord. Results there 
must be if we only play our part as God ex- 
pects us to. 

Our prayer meetings have had an average 
attendance of about seventy for the quarter. 
The Sunday school has had the best quarter's 
attendance in its history for the first quarter 
of the church year. At present we are run- 
ning over three hundred and fifty as the aver- 
age per Sunday. The people have a mind to 
go and to work and so things are kept mov- 
ing. It would not be proper to stop without 
saying a word for our three Christian En- 
deavor societies. Last Sunday there were 
over one hundred in attendance in these so- 
cieties. Young and old find a place to work 
and receive assistance in these live organiza- 
tions. The W. M. S. with some forty at its 
last meeting and S. of M. and M. with about 
twenty-five present at its last assembly show 
to the world that they are far from back 
numbers or dead ones. All this means that 
things are doing all the time with us, and it 
also means that the pastor is kept on the 
jump. For with all the regular activities and 
meetings we also have the sick and shut-ins 
to look after and all the other outside de- 
mands to fiU that some folks overlook alto- 
gether when speaking about preachers and 
their work. But with it all we are happy 
and glad to work where the folks stand back 
of one like they are backing us up here. May 
God's folks respond to the powerful prayer 
of the Master on his last night with his dis- 
ciples, (John 17). Our prayers are for all 
the work and workers of the brotherhood. We 
ask an interest in the prayers of God's chil- 
dren in return. "Tell the children of Israel 
that they go FORWAED." 

E. L. MILLEE. 



ANNOUNCEMENTS 



BEETHEEN HOME OFFEEING 

AU offerings for the new Brethren Home 
erected at Flora, Indiana, are to be sent to 
the Secretary-Treasurer at the following ad- 
dress: OEION E. BOWMAN, 

705 American Building, 

Dayton, Ohio. 

SUPEEANNUATED MINISTEE'S FUND 
OFFEEING 

The time for the ottering for the Superan- 
nuated Ministers ' Fund, authorized by Gen- 
eral Conference to be taken on Bicentenary 
Benevolence Day has arrived. The Day is 
February 25th. Of course it is Brethren Home 
Day also, but others are announcing that, The 
Brethren Home Board and the Superannu- 
ated Ministers ' Board are working harmon- 
iousl}- but they are two separate boards. For 
the Superannuated Ministers' Fund the offer- 
ings should be sent to the various state direc- 
tors, where there are such, and they will for- 
ward them to H. E. Eoscoe, but where there 
are no state directors the offering should be 
sent directly to Mr. H. E. Eoscoe, Goshen, In- 
diana. In Pennsyh'ania I wiU receive such 
offerings. Each district will know its repre- 
sentative. 

H. F. E. O'NEILL, President of Board. 



THE TIE THAT BINDS 



HOFECKBR-GILLIN— Mr. Oliver Hofecker 
and Miss Verna R. Gillin were united in 
marriage at the home of the bride's parents 
in Jackson township, Sunday, January 2l3t 
at 12 o'clock, M. by the undeirsigned. 

Mr. Hofecker was a son of the late Joseph 
Hofecker of near Elton, Pennsylvania. Miss 
Gillin is a daughter of James Gillin, of Jack- 
son township, and is a member of the Vinco 
Brethren church. The attendants were Blaine 
Grove and Miss Elsie Hofecker, sister of the 
groom. A splendid dinner was served, and 
a very pleasant afternoon was spent by the 
young folks whose best wishes accompany 
the young happy pair in their new home. 
E. FORREST BTERS. 

HAGERICH-GILUN — Mr. Ralph Hagerich 
and Miss Ethel Gillin were united In mar- 
riage by the undersigned, at the home of the 
bride's parents in Jackson township, Thurs- 
day evening, October 19th at 5 P. M. Their 
attendants were Walter Harrison and Miss 
Lucy Wissinger. 

Mr Hagerich is a son of Wm. Hagerich of 
near Conemaugh, and Miss Gillin is a daugh- 
ter of Timothy Gillin, well known farmer of 
Jackson township. Following the ceremony 
a splendid supper was served. The good 
wishes of their many friends accompany the 
happy couple in the new home. Both Mr. 
and Mrs. Hagerich are members of the Vinco 
Brethren church. B. FORREST BTERS. 



JOHNSON-SHAFFER — Mr. Lee Johnson 
and Miss Ethel Shaffer of Turlock, California, 
were united in marriage at the home of the 
bride on the evening of January 20. They 
left at once to spend two weeks in and 
around Los Angeles, after which they expect 
to make their home near Keys, California. 
Both are exemplary young people, members 
of the Brethren church, and we bespeak for 
them a happy and prosperous life. Ceiremony 
by the writer. JAS. S. COOK. 



IN THE SHADOW 



MATHA3V — Mrs. Catharine Mathan, wife of 
Samuel P. Mathan, died Wednesday morning, 
December 27th, 1922 at the Mathan home in 
Jackson township, in her 66th year. Mrs. 
Mathan was a daughter of David and Eliza- 
beth (Noon) Wissinger. She is survived by 
her husband, and one son. Lemon Mathan, 
one sister, Mrs. David Custer of Johnstown, 
Pennsylvania, and one brother, John D. Wis- 
singer of Windber, Pennsylvania. 

Funeral service was conducted by the un- 



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dersigned at the Pike Brethren church 
on Friday, December 29th, 1922, with inter- 
ment in the cliurch cemetery. 

Mrs. Mathan was formerly a membe^r of the 
Lutheran church, but for a nuinber of years 
has been a member of the Brethren church. 
She united with the Pilce Brethren church 
during tlie pastorate of Rev. Roy S. Long-. 
May G-od comfort the hearts of those tliat 
mourn. E. FORREST BYERS. 

tiRLTBB — Catiierine Grubb was born August 
19, 1915, near Turlocli, California. She was 
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie P. 
Girubb. She departed this life January 18, 
192ii, having lived to the age of 7 years, 4 
months and 30 days. 

On Sunday, January 7, Cathrine was at 
Sunday scliool, where she loved so much to 
be, well and happy, and the following night 
was the tlrst notice of any illness. The next 
few days there developed rapidly that dread- 
ful disease, diphtheria, that laid claim to her 
body. She was so brave and so willing to go. 
Her father asked lier if she wanted to leave 
mamma, papa, sistej' and brother, and she 
said, I want to go to be with Jesus, I do not 
want to stay, iiowever as sne was passing 
down through the valley we call death she 
wanted to hold her mother's hand until she 
touched the hand of him who was waiting 
for her. Her mother sang that little hymn, 
"Liittle Jewels." Catherine then sa,id her little 
prayer that she so often said, in which she 
aslied Jesus to bless papa, mamma, sister and 
brother, then slipped away to the arms of 
Jesus. 

Brother and Sister Grubb are members and 
loyal supporters of the Turlock Brethren 
church and are carrying their cross bravely 
and are counting it all joy. Because of the 
quarantine only a few "words could be said 
from the porch, after which the writer ac- 
companied the body to Ashland, Oregon, 
where a brief service was held at the g:rave, 
with the grandmother, Mrs. Anna E. Grubb 
and a few fi'iends present. 

JAS. S. COOK. 

UAVIS — Mrs. Susan (Burkhart) Davis 
passed from this life January 18th, 1923, at 
her home, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, aged 91 
years and 27 days. Death was due to neu- 
ralgia of the heart. 

Mrs. Davis was born in Jackson township, 
December 22nd, 1831. a daughter of the late 
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Burkliart. She was the 
widow of the late Captain Thomas Davis, a 
civil war veteran and former member of the 
Legislature, whose death occurred July 6th, 
1907. 

She is survived by the following children: 
Schuyler C. Davis, county commissioner; T. 
Stanton Davis, both of Ebensburg and Mrs. 
Lester Larimeir of Patton, Pennsylvania. A 
son, Frederick W., died November 29th, 1893. 
Mrs. Davis was a sister of Mrs. Elizabeth 
Paul of Southfork, Pennsylvania; Mrs. Jennie 
Morrell of Aladdin, Wyoming; Mrs . Esther 
Bysrs of Johnstown; and David Burkhart of 
Jackson townsliip. A brother, Daniel Burk- 
hart, died a few months ago in Jackson 
township aged 93 years. Thirteen grandchil- 
dren, three great-grandchildren and one 
great-great-girandniece also survive. 

Funeral services were conducted at the 
Davis home in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, Sun- 
day, January 21st and were in charge of the 
undersigned, assisted by the Rev. John R. 
Thomas, pastor of the Ebensburg Congrega- 
tional church. May the God who Raised up 
Jesus from the dead, comfort the hearts of 
those who mourn. 

Mrs. Davis "was a member of the Pike 
Brethren church and was a Christian for 80 
years or moire. E. FORREST BYERS. 

KING — Samuel C. King, for twenty-flve 
years a member of the Brethren church, fell 
asleep on earth January 19, 1923, friends 
finding his lifeless form when they sought to 
a'wake him for breakfast, after he had re- 
tired in his usual health. He was seventy- 
six yers old, and is survived by a twin broth- 
er, and an aged sister, the last survivor of 
a family of eight children of Moses and Han- 
nah Whipkey King. Five sons and three 
daughters survive. Funelral services were 
conducted by the wi-iter from his home 
church. Sugar Grove, in Southwestern Greene 
county, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, Jauary 21. 

W. S. CRICK. 

RBBD — Mary E. Reed, daughter of H. C. 
and Addie Reed, was born in Miami township, 
Cass county, Indiana, September 12, 1881, de- 
parted this life at her home in Twelve Mile, 
Indiana, January 25, 1923, aged 41 years, 4 
months and 13 days. 

She was one of a family of five children, 
one brother having died in infancy and three 
sisters surviving, Mrs. Daisy Krider, Mrs. 
Vera Condon and Miss Jennie Reed, all of 
Twelve Mile. Indiana. Her father preceded 
her to the spirit world some years ago. 

At the age of fifteen years she became a 
Christian and united with the Corinth Breth- 
ren church and was always faithful to her 
Masteir and church. For a number of years 
she has been a teacher of a Sunday school 



class who will feel very keenly the loss of 
their beloved teacher. She also served for a 
number of years as pianist and was very 
active in all the activities of the church. She 
was widely known as a tireless worker for 
Christ and his cause. She had high ideals 
and lived an exemplary life. The church 
has sustained a severe blow and shall miss 
her good judgment and wise counsel. She 
was talented and was using her talents to 
the glory of God. She taught school for 
eleven years and for the last six years until 
her death she was postmistress at Twelve 
Mile. She leaves to mourn their loss, besides 
her mother, three sisters and other relatives, 
a large circle of friends. 

"The dear Lord's best interpreters 

Are humble human souls; 
The gospel of a life like hers 

Is more than books and scrolls." 

C. A. STEWART. 

BAKER — Sarah Margaret Baker was born ' 
May 27th, 1841, died January 28th, 1922, aged 
80 years, 8 months and 1 day. She was a 
charter member of the Mt. Olive Brethren 
church and lived faithful unto death. She 
leaves 1 son, 8 grandchildren and 3 great- 
grandchildren and a host of friends to inourn 
the loss. Funeral services by the writer, as- 
sisted by the Rev. Samuel Pence of the 
Church of the Brethren. 

G. W. CHAMBERS. 

HARTMAN — Maud M. Hartman was born 
February 15, 1882, died March 12, 1922, aged 
40 years and 25 days. She leaves a husband, 
6 children, a father, step-mother, 4 half-sis- 
ters, 2 brothers, one half-brother and a host 
of friends to mourn the loss. She was a 
member with her husband, of the Mt. Olive 
Brethren church and lived a consistent Chris- 
tian life. Funeral services by the writer, 
assisted by the Rev. Samuel Pence of the 
Church of the Brethren. 

G. W. CHAMBERS. 

RODEFFER — Columbia Elizabeth Rodeffer 
was born July 22, 1839, died June 27, 1922, 
aged 82 years, 11 months and 5 days. She is 
survived by 7 children, 32 grand-children, 25 
great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grand- 
children. Her husband preceded her to the 
grave about 14 years ago. She was a mem- 
ber of the Mt. Olive Brethren church. She 
leaves upon record a life consistent with her 
profession. Funeral services by the writer. 
G. W. CHAMBERS. 

HEFNER — Mrs. J. D. Hepner was born 
March 4, 1859, died November 13, 1922, aged 
63 years, 8 months and 9 days. She is sur- 
vived by three children and 5 grand-children. 
August 10, 1911 she buried her first husband, 
Mr. M. C. Koontz. She was later married to 
Mr. J. L. Hepner, who also preceded her to 
the grave. Funeral services were conducted 
from the Mt. Olive Brethren church, of which 
she was a member, by the writer, assisted by 
the Rev. C. E. Long of the Church of the 
Brethren. 

G. W. CHAMBERS. 

PIRKBY — Eliza Virginia Pirkey was born 
July 18, 1855. died November 15, 1922, aged 
67 years, 3 months and 27 days. She was the 
mother of four children, who with four 
grandchildren survive. She was a member 
of the Mt. Olive Brethren church and re- 
mained faithful until God called her to be at 
home with him. Her husband preceded her 
to the grave eight years ago. Funeral ser- 
vices were conducted by the writer, assisted 
by the Rev. C. E. Long of the Church of the 
Brethren. 

G. W. CHAMBERS. 

MAY — John W. May was born January 5, 
1868, died January 1, 1923, aged 55 years, 11 
months and 26 days. He leaves his wife, a 
mother, three sisters and one brother to 
mourn their loss. He was a member of the 
Brethren church for a number of years and 
was faithful to his Lord and his church. He 
was the choir leader of the Mt. Olive Breth- 
ren church of which he was a member. He 
was often called on to lead the singing in 
other churches of the community. He also 
served as a civil officer. Thus, in his death, 
both the church and the community have re- 
alized a loss that will be painfully felt. Fu- 
neral services by the writer, assisted by the 
Rev. C. E. Long, of the Church of the Breth- 
ren. G. W. CHAMBERS. 

KIMMEL — Brother Samuel Kimmel, son of 
Michael and Nancy Lichty Kimmel was born 
in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, August 20, 
1847. When he was 17 years of age, his 
father brought his family to Carroll county, 
Illinois. In December, 1869 he was united in 
marriage to Hattie Peck, they having cele- 
brated the fiftieth anniversary of their 
wedded life several years ago. To their 
wedded union there came four children, one 
son and three daughters. Two children sur- 
vive him; Edwin M. Kimmel and Eva Ada 
Prichard, both well and favorably known in 
this community. The others died in Infancy. 



Brother Kimmel came to Nebraska in 1870, 
numbering him among the earlier settlers of 
this county. He took up his abode north of 
Falls City, where he resided until some thir- 
ty years ago, when he retired to this city to 
spend the remainder of his days. Brother 
Kimmel possessed enough of this world's 
goods to have traveled extensively and 'did, 
some few years ago, but was happiest when 
he could be in the company of his life-time 
friends. 

His last illness covered a period of two 
months, all of which time he was able to sit 
in his chair, with the exception of last few 
days. It 'wslS apparent to us all, however, that 
Jiis illness was dangerous, and that he could 
not be restored. He, too, understood his 
condition, and numerous times expressed his 
wish to go. 

Brother Kimmel's father was a minister 
and it is doubtful if there was ever a time 
in all his life that he was not a Christian 
gentleinan. For many years he has been a 
pillar in our church, one of the very few who 
took a forward view of all the interests of 
the church. Whenever the church had a 
need Brother Kimmel was never satisfied until 
he saw that it was met. Most of his last 
conversation with me a week ago was howa 
certain piece of work might be advanced in 
the interests of the Kingdom. 

Mr. Kimmel's interest was not centered 
alone in the local work of the church but to 
him more than any other is due credit for 
the ipermanency of foreign work in South 
America, for it was his first substantial gift 
that made possible the first building down 
there, from which there has grown more 
than a dozen stations. The College, the pub- 
lishing house, the home for old folks, all 
felt the tlirob of his liberal heart, as he gave 
to each a large portion of this world's goods. 
His theory was always that his Maker had 
given him ability to make money, and that 
it was his duty to share it with all righteous 
causes. 

In the home, where he spent so many 
pleasant hours among his numerous friends 
on the streets, he will be greatly missed. 
But nowhere will his presence and council be 
more sorely missed than in the church, to 
which he gave himself so unsparingly. 

May the God, whom he loved, comfort each 
sorrowing heart. 

REV. H. F. STUCKMAN. 

SWINEHART — Benjamin F. Swinehart de- 
parted this life January 4, 1923, aged 78 
years, 8 months and 29 days. Brother Swine- 
hart was a member of the College Brethren 
church, Ashland, Oliio. He was formerly a 
memlDer of the Fair Haven Brethren church. 
Brother Swinehart leaves to mourn their loss 
a loving wife, three sons — Ephraim, Ray and 
Ralph, and three daughters — Mrs. Mary Jol- 
lif, Mrs. J. W. Ebert and Mrs. Guy Pittinger. 
Also twelve grandchildren and three great- 
grandchildren, besides four stepsons — George, 
Clayton, Charles and John Harmon and one 
stepdaughter, Mrs Anna Hartman. Brother 
Swinehart had been for many years a Chris- 
tian and left to his children the good ex- 
ample of a noble and exemplary life. Funer- 
al services by the writer at the Fair Haven 
church, assisted by Brother Clayton Starn. 
Interment at Fair Haven cemetery. 

H. H. WOLFORD. 

PONTIUS — Mrs. Emma Pontius was born 
in Fulton county, Indiana, near Akron, De- 
cember 26, 1847, departed this life November 
18, 1922, aged 47 years, 10 months and twen- 
ty-seven days. With her husband and fam- 
ily she moved to Elkhart, Indiana, where 
they have lived for several years. She leaves 
to mourn their loss a loving husband, one 
daughter — Mrs. Ruth Wineland of Elkhart, 
and three sons — David H., of Chicago; George 
C, of Ashland, Ohio, and Maurice of Elkhart, 
also four grandchildren. 

At about the age of 18 she accepted Christ 
and united with the Brethren cliurch at Ak- 
ron. She was a tireless worker in the 
church at Elkhart, having for years been the 
head of the missionary work of the church. 
Her services will be greatly missed by the 
local congregation. May God richly bless 
the bereft husband and children. 

Funeral service by the writer at the Elk- 
hart Brethren church, assisted by the pastor. 
Rev. W. I. Duker. 

(The lateness of this notice is due to the 
fact that the writer mislaid the obituary 
notice). H. H. WOLFORD. 

EMMONS — Mr. Hugh Emmons, a resident 
of Ashland, Ohio, departed this life, January 
10, 1923, at the age of 68 years. He leaves 
to mourn their loss two sons — Clyde and 
Harry Emmons and two daughters — Mrs. 
Bert Imhoff and Mrs. Florence Peterson. His 
companion, Mrs. Emmons, died about three 
years ago. The deceased was a member of 
the College Brethren church. At the time of 
his death Mr. Emmons was Janitor of one 
of the school buildings and was greatly loved 
by the children. Funeral service from the 
Ashland Church of the Brethren by the writ- 
er, assisted by Rev. Greyer, pastor of the 
local church. H. H. WOLFORD. 



Prof. J. Allan Lliller,-^.- -• ^2,1. 



Grant Street, 
Asnland, Ohio. 



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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



Church Manners and Conduct — Editor, 

Editorial Keview, 

Our Next Eesponsibility-^C. A. Bame, 

An Explanation — J. L. Eammel, 

Benevolences and Brethren Home — E. L. Miller, 

Brethren Home Notes — Orion E. Bowman, 

Washington: An Old-fashioned Believer — D. J. Burrell, 
An English Tribute to Washington, 



The Power of Influence — George H. Jones, 8 

Guarding the Heart — Pearl Jackson, 9 

The Parable of the Pounds — Geo. S. Baer, 10 

Efficient S. S. Administration — Geo. F. Kem, 11 

Some Committee Suggestions, 11 

Home Missions Council — Wm. A. Gearhart, 12 

News from Kentucky — Wm. A. Gearhart, 12 

News from the Field, ._ 13-16 



EDITORIAL 



Church Manners and Conduct 



This subject may strike some as unusual, but we are not fear- 
ing they will consider it untimely. One only needs to recall the last 
occasion of his attending the house of God for worship to realize the 
need of admonition along this line. Or if that is too strong, a little 
meditation as to the usual conduct in the average democratic church 
will serve to convince one of such need. 

There are many angles from which we might approach this 
^problem, but it is likely that the wisest approach would be from the 
standpoint of a fundamental Scriptural principle. Paul says, in 
speaking of love. It "doth not behave itself unseemly." If there is 
any place where love ought to abound more than another, it is in 
the assembly of God's people. Those who profess to be Christ's dis- 
ciples ought to embody in ever increasing degree the virtues of 
Christ and to manifest them in conduct. Love was the virtue most 
characteristic of his life most pervasive in his teaching and most 
highly recommended by him to the conduct of others. It was that 
spirit of love pervading all his thought and inspiring all his conduct 
that gave him the perfect poise, the beautiful manners, the winning 
ways and the considerate conduct that made his incarnate life so 
universally attractive. 

I doubt not that love does abound more freely among Christians 
than among other people, but even among them it is often sadly lack- 
ing in expression and manifestation. Especially when we look for 
the quiet, unpurposed, unostentatious, but telling manifestation of it 
in the manner of which Paul speaks, we axe often sadly disappointed. 
If it is true that love "doth not behave itself unseemly," then there 
is a deplorable scarcity of love in the average congregation of wor- 
shipping people, for there is a surprising amount of "unseemly" be- 
havior. Bad manners and irreverent and disrespectful conduct are 
very wide-spread, and apparently increasing in church life today. 
There is a growing disregard for God's house and the services of the 
sanctuary. In many churches the revolt against stiffness, coldness and 
formalism 'has swung to the other extreme and we have left no form 
or order, no digjiity or beauty, no solemnity or holy awe about our 
services. In many places we have drifted into a disorderly, slip-shod, 
undignified way of doing things. The services often appear cheap 
and ragged-edged, the conduct of worshippers careless, slovenly and 
disrespectful, and the very atmosphere is pervaded with an undue 
familiarity that dilutes the sanctity of the place and tends to breed 



contempt. Surely the time is at hand to seek to recover that w!hich 
we have lost of nobleness and refinement of manner, to replace the 
grandeur and impressiveness in our services, and to repair the 
breaches made in the sacred walls of the Lord's sanctuary. And to 
that end we offer the following suggestions. 

First, come to church to worship God. Come feeling your need 
of God, desiring the inspiration and strength that comes from fel- 
lowshipping with his Spirit and determined that you wiU keep your 
soul in a spiritually receptive attitude. Come desiring to see the Lord 
high and lifted up, to experience the ennoblement of his awe-inspiring 
presence, to be enriched with instruction from his holy Word, and to 
unite in joyful, grateful praise to the God of all grace. Come with 
the soul subdued, tender and expectant, so as to sense the thrill of 
his holy presence. Irreverence and unseemly conduct would be most 
rare if all Christian people went to church with the definite, conscious 
purpose of worshipping God. 

Second, cultivate a reverence for the house of God. Consider the 
church in which you meet to worship as really God's house, his own 
blessed sanctuary. It would be erroneous to think that God abides 
nowhere else save in the church. Every house may become God's 
house and every home the place of his abode, if people will welcome 
him and give him a place. But in a special way the church is God's 
house because it is built and set apart for the one purpose of afford- 
ing God's children a place to gather to worship him. A building that 
is dedicated to divine worship is made sacred by that very fact; it 
is changed from a common to a holy use, and should be so regarded. 
It should repre'sent to Christian people the most sacred and highly 
prized possessions of life and should be jealously guarded from im- 
proper treatment. No other public building should mean so much to 
the community, or be the object of such respect and pride. We 
would not encourage a superstitious regard for the church that would 
cause men to consider the church building as of any significance apart 
from the One who meets men there, but unless it is regarded as being 
different from, and given to a higher use than all other buildings in 
the community, religion is cheapened and robbed of much of its 
benign influence. Not even our own homes should be so much objects 
of our concern and reverence as the house of God. It should indeed 
be a holy place to every devout soul, and in a very real sense the 



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\-estibule to heaven where one would walk on tip-toes and talk only 
in an undertone. 

Third, have respect for and prizu the services of God's house. It 
would seem that such admonition should be unnecassary to Christian 
people, and yet observation indicates that it is. The spirit of 
thoughtlessness and disrespect has so permeated our lives and is so 
readily manifested in all our conduct that we perhaps unconsciously 
carry it into the realm of sacred things. There are those who value 
the services of the sanctuary so lightly that they think it a little 
.matter if they neglect or disregard or show disrespect for public wor- 
'ship. Spiritual services are holy exercises to be engaged in for spir- 
itual ends, and should be highly regarded by every one who has any 
concern for spiritual things. They are given of God to aid us in 
realizing the presence of his Spirit and power, to encourage a com- 
Iplete surrender of our lives to his direction and service, to inspire us 
{to spiritual endeavors, and to afford a means of expressing gratitude 
to God for the blessings of his providential care and the joy expe- 
rienced in his service. These are God-given and should be prized and 
i respected. 

Fourth, be polite and considerate during the services. Does such 
: an admonition seem supercilious? And do such virtues seem effemin- 
ate and spiritless? Yet they have been characteristic of earth's 
noblest men. The strongest and greatest have been most tender and 
! considerate in their relations with others and most respectful towards 
j the services of the sanctuary. Jesus himself was the supreme example 
, of courteous and respectful conduct. Men who persist in mating 
j themselves unattractive and boorish by their refusal to conform to the 
'■ proprieties of life, are lacking in so much in being truly Christian. 
I And the place of all places where such virtues should be exercised in 
a sincere and noble way is the house of God, and especially while 
services are being conducted. When we are in the presence of some 
great one of earth we naturally put on our best manners, but how 
much more ought we to be courteous and respectful in the presence of 
the King of kings and Lord of lords. Yet how thoughtless we aie. 
We whisper and talk and move needlessly about while services are 
going on. We come late when we might have come on time and 
avoided an interruption. We insist on finding our seats immediately 
regardless of what portion of the service is being rendered. We 
cling to the end of the pew, refusing to move in or out when late- 
comers wish to share our seat with us, compelling them to edge past 
us and possibly to cause a disturbance by the struggle. It is true 
that many of these things are done thoughtlessly, but they never- 
theless have a weakening and militating effect on the general im- 
pression of the church service. The more seriously and devoutly we 
consider the services of God's house, the more respectful and truly 
courteous will we conduct ourselves in their presence. 

Kfth, conform to the customs of the church in which you wor- 
ship, and to the instructions of the leader, if you can conscientiously. 
For example, if it is the custom to stand during congregational sing- 
ing, as it is in some churches, the proper and right thing to do is to 
stand, unless physically unable to do so. Numerous applications 
might be made, but it is needless when your own experience can sup- 
ply them. 

Sixth, enter willingly a-nd enthusiastically into the services. 
When the worshippers are supposed to sing, enter whole-heartedly 
into the singing, unless physically incapacitated. When the congre- 
gation goes to prayer, adopt a reverent attitude and be in prayer; 
pray with the leader. When the Scripture is being read, listen atten- 
tively as unto the Lord. And if the congregation is asked to co-oper- 

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EDITORIAL REVIEW 

From one of our isolated Brethren homes comes a bit of infor- 
mation about a little Michigan village called Bretlhren, which got its 
name in no accidental way. 

:&[ 

K, Benevolence Day, Peibruary, 25, every church is requested to 
take an offering for Superannuated Ministers and the Brethren Home. 
It has been suggested that the amount shall equal at least 20 cents 
•"per memljer for each purpose. 

A personal note from Brother Morton L. Sands contains the sad 
news of the death of Mrs. P. N. Anspach, mother of Brother C. L. 



Anspach who writes the C. E. notes for the Angelus. The note also 
states that our aged Brother S. M. Loose, is at the point of death, 
afflicted with pneumonia. Brother Loose 's wife died nearly two years 
ago. How rapidly the veterans of the cross are passingl 

One of the parishioners of the Washington, D. C, congregation 
writes of the growth of that church and its pressing need of a larger 
church building, and at the same time pays a beautiful tribute to 
the work of the pastor. Brother W. M. Lyon. 

Brother Blotter infonns us that good White Gift offerings have 
recently been received from Carleton, Nebraska; Louisville, Ohio; and 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and that the amounts will be reported in 
a later issue, when others will likely be received. 

Brother J. A. Mclnturff announced some time ago the closing of 
his pastorate at Goshen at the end of his present year. We are now 
informed that Brother H. F. Stuckman of Falls City has been secured 
to succeed him. Both of these brethren are bringing to a close very 
successful and extended pastorates. 

Dr. Banie gives us an interesting report of his activities for sev- 
eral weeks back, important among which was the highly successful 
campaign conducted at Canton, Ohio. His trip to Philadelphia and 
Allentown is worthy of note because of the opportunity given him 
to proclaim the Bicentenary message and ' ' working agreement. ' ' 

Brother A. E. Thomas' campaign in the Second church of Johns- 
town proved a most pleasant experience, as he himself writes, and 
also very helpful, according to the report of the pastor, Brother H. 
W. Nowag. The local leaders and workers seem to have given very 
hearty co-operation. The numerical results were nine confessions. 

A very optimistic report comes from WilUamstown, Ohio, where 
Brother B. F. Owen, who has been full-time pastor there for a short 
time is leading the church out into larger things. Twenty additions 
to the church and the ability to raise a $2,000 budget easier than 
they formerly raised $500, speaks well for the future of this church. 

Mulvane, Kansas, has experienced a very helpful revival service 
under the evangelistic leadership of Brother Claud Studebaker, who 
writes concerning it, as also does the pastor. Brother T. F. Howell. 
Eleven souls made the good confession and the church was greatly 
encouraged. Brother Howell speaks highly of the services rendered 
by Brother Studebaker. 

A very interesting report comes from Calvary, New Jersey, 
where the church boasts of the unusual record of having two former* 
pastors on the foreign mission field and a prospective missionary from 
their own field in preparation for foreign work. Though the church 
is small they have met all the goals of the Bicentenary Movement. 
That's fine loyalty. 

Brother F. C. Vanator, the energetic and efficient pastor of Can- 
ton, Ohio, gives us an interesting account of the events preceding 
and leading up to the evangelistic campaign which resulted in fifty- 
one confessions, and also of the extended fruit-gathering following 
the campaign. One remarkable result of this campaign, which met 
a real need of this church, was the number of strong men to be won 
to the allegiance of Christ. The number of converts has reached the 
total of fifty-eight. May God's spirit continue to strive with men. 

Brother Eoy Brumbaugh, pastor of the Gratis church, refreshes 
our memory concerning the good time we had at the late Ohio con- 
ference, when all delegates were unanimous in their praise of the 
royal entertainment accorded by the Gratis people. He also men- 
tions the successful evangelistic campaign held by Dr. Martin 
Shively, who previoiisly made an interesting report of this meeting. 
Brother Brumbaugh manifests a very loyal spirit toward all the in- 
terests of the church. He announces the near closing of his pastor- 
ate at Gratis. 

On Mission page you will find an interesting report of a trip of 
Brother W. A. Gearhart to an annual conference of Home Mission 
secretaries at Atlantic City. It was fine that our Home Mission Sec- 
retary had the opportunity to attend. As our representatives in the 
various fields come in contact with like workers in other denomina- 
tions, their vision broadens and their possibilities for effective service 
is enlarged. Brother Gearhart has s'hown himself to be both aggres- 
sive and progi'cssive, and so has steadily grown in his office ever 
since his installation. 



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1723 THE BRETHREN 1923 
BICENTENARY MOVEMENT 

Dr. Charles A. Bame, Executive Secretary 




Our Next Responsibility 



! 



Now, we have come to the last Bicentenary Benevolence 
Day. This is the Bicentenary of the founding of the Breth- 
ren Church in America. It was a great day for this country 
when these people were given refuge on this continent. If 
the Brethren and Quakers did not keep alive the Anti-War, 
Anti-Slavery and Anti-Booze sentiments until our country 
adopted them, then pray tell me who did? I am conscious 
that there are some Brethren (?) Avho scoff the idea that we 
had much to do with the making of these wonderful issues 
and much in climaxing them into the ideals of the world, 
but that is easUy overbalanced by many of other faiths who 
do give us credit. In the past week, I spoke to a mixed con- 
vention of Christian Endeavorers at Allentown, and the 
encouraging thing they left with me is that they want me 
to return at the earliest time and give them a chance to have 
the whole towoi hear me. No one in all the two years I have 
been speaking this Message of the Movement, has ever tried 
to deny it save one of our own 
preachers, who tried to tliink 
TIL\T I WAS DREAMING. Such 
preachers ought either to study our 
history, or keep still from exposing 
their ignorance or do the only other 
reputable thing for them to do. 

Our Fine Achievement 

One of the finest things that we 
shall have to show for the Move- 
ment is the Brethren Home at 
Flora. I hope to see it this week, 
but they tell me that it would be a 
credit to any denomination. It is 
all but completed. We shall have 
some fine things to show at Ash- 
land, also at the end of 1923; but 
the outstanding thing for the AN- 
NIVERSARY YEAR, ever to be 
remembered, will be THE BRETH- 
REN HOME. How fortunate, if it 
had' to wait this long, that we have 
it finished tliis A. D., 1923— just 
200 years after the founding of the 
denomination but in our own his- 
tory, just the 40th. Not so bad I 

think, when we remember the many other things we had to 
have before we could think of this. Yet, how sad it all is, 
that only a feAV of those who sacrificed to get our church to 
us, will have a chance to enjoy our hospitality. Alas ! most 
of them are sleeping in their graves, and in erecting this 
home, we are raising a Memorial for future generations to 
behold and commemorate by the way they shall treat the 
aged and weary of the ministry, missionary and other en- 
deavorers of the present and future days. At the next Gen- 
eral Conference, the completed building will be presented to 
the brotherhood, and it remains for the churches to see that 
it shall come free of debt. Surely, it would be unwise to 
have overstepped ourselves and Brother Bowman will doubt- 
less tell us what is needed and why it is so; and by wills, 
bequests and donations, we shall see that it is finished and 
furnished. Benevolence Day is the day set apart for your 
pledges and support. 

But the Home is not all of our next responsibility. We 



Benevolence 



By Dr. C. A. Bame 



still have a good many of our regular superannuated folks 
who can not for many reasons, go to the Home. Our respon- 
sibility to them has not ceased because a few good Brethren 
make possible the Brethren Home. Our regular quota must 
be forthcoming for the support of these. The amount asked 
is 20 cents per member — 20 cents, all too small to do the just 
and right thing and no church ought to be ungrateful to the 
poor. The whole Bible is full of teaching concerning our re- 
lations to the poor; Jesus said, the poor you have always 
with you, and when ye will ye can do them good. The time 
when poverty will cease, is an idle dream of fanatics and 
misinformed. "WHOSO STOPPETH HIS BARS TO THE 
CRY OP THE POOR, HE ALSO SHALL CRY AND NOT 
BE HEARD" (Prov. 21:13). But some one will say, these 
people do not care to be so classed ; but the fact that they are 
unable to support themselves, is doubtless sufficient reason 
for us to class them. It is no disgrace to be poor for the 

sake of the Kingdom. Jesus had 
not where to lay his head but that 
did not make him an outcast. He 
rules the world with the might of 
his teaching and yet, in poverty he 
trod the earth. 



They labored on while you were young; 

Or ere you yet were here. 
They gave your church to keep you strong; 

We need to give them cheer. 

Through hardship, censure, pain they wroug'ht ; 

A message they would preach; 
Poor recompense the eiTort brought, 

Old age it does not reach. 



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We prize the message which they gave; 

Poor measure now, we pay. 
You love the church they strove to save? 

Now, prove it, on this day. 

Benevolence we call it now. 

Are we benevolent? 
Prove by the off 'ring you allow. 

And early have it sent. 



No Escape 

Brethren can never escape the re- 
sponsibility they owe to these peo- 
ple, without whom we would not 
have had a church- — nor would we, 
without their poverty. They minis- 
tered in the spiritual things and 
had the church not had so many 
heavy burdens to carry — so many 
churches to build; so much to pay 
on the college debt ; so poor a print- 
ing plant; so many preachers to 
pay — a thing they had not been 
taught to do, rather a thing they 
had been taught not to do, — had 
the church been better able to pay, 
poverty would not now be the lot 
of these dear people. So, if you 
love your church — if you thank 
God for it, do not let it be merely 
a lip service. It surely ought to be buttressed with 20 cents 
per member for every one of us, from sea to sea. 

The Preacher 

' ' How can they hear without a preacher 1 ' ' There is no 
question with regard to where lies the responsibility for this 
offering. The pastor is the leader; regardless of what a 
stingy official may think about too many collections — a man, 
perhaps, who is still trusting in his wealth that may yet slip 
away from him — the preacher has no right to stop his ear 
to this "cry." If he does, he also, may "cry" and not be 
heard. His day is yet ahead. His today may make him feel 
independent and saucy, but if he neglects this "cry" it may 
be the echo of this ' ' cry ' ' he will hear and not be heard. 

"I Always Do" 

Now, there are preachers who always do respond to the 
askings of their Conference. They need not get angry at the 



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appeal of this letter. There are all too many preachers who 
nearly always DO NOT. This talk is for them and the stingy 
official who is always trying to prevent the work of the 
Lord by trying to keep every cent that is collected at the 
home base. There are too many preachers who do not prop- 
erly bring to pass the askings of the brotherhood. It is his 
business to lead. There ought to be no question of whether 



this offering or that ought to be taken: The BIG question 
ought always to be, "How can we reach the desired 
amount?" In this case, the money comes easier than many 
othei's. It remains for the proper appeal to be made or the 
proper check to be cashed out of your BUDGET. 
February 25th is Benevolence Day ! 

C. A. BAME. 



An Explanation. By j. l. Kimmei 



Editorial Note. — Brother Kimmei lays the situation bare; and 
what else should he do? It is a regrettable situation, one that should 
fill with shame all who neglected to do their duty in this line last 
year. Surely we will not let Benevolence Day pass this year with- 
out putting forth, at least an honest effort. It would seem then there 
is little need of any one drawing on his imagination to paint a hypo- 
thetical case that would be appealing. The bare facts as related by 
Brother Kimmei will certainly be as effective as anything one could 
imagine. Though this contribution appears merely in the form of 
"An Explanation," we are giving it first place among the articles 
because of its strong appeal). 

I am very glad to have an opportunity to explain to the 
ministers on the Superannuated List, the reason why they 
did not get their pay the last three months. 

I should have written each one, and told them; for a 
number of them wrote to me about it. One good old brother 
thought perhaps his check was lost in the mail; and that 
was the reason he did not get it. Another wrote and said 
that he was sick, and had' a hospital bill to pay, and could 
not understand why he did not get his check. Another said, 
that perhaps I had forgotten to send his check. Sometimes 
some one else takes up his pen and asks why I do not send 
in the money to these old and needy people. They say, 
There is a fund provided for these people, why do you hot 
send them their money? I have never ansAvered any of these 
letters, from the fact, that I get so wrought up by the time 
I have read them, that I am absolutely certaiu that I am 
not in a state of mind to write a nice sweet letter such as 
everybody ought to write, when they write at all. I do not 
know whether I could say ^dth good grace or not, "My 
dear." If I did I would spoil it all before I would have 
written three lines, and there would not be any "Dear" 
about it any more. I think I would say a few things they 
would remember throughout their whole earthly careei 

Now I have no reference to these old people, on the su- 
perannuated list. I know very well my friends, that you 
need your money and should have it promptly e,very month, 
but I have reference to people, who have never yet given a 
dollar, perhaps in their lives to this fund;. and perhaps their 
pastor has never yet taken an offering, and sent it to the 
secretary; and then they write letters and scold the trea- 
.surer for not sending the money to these needy people. 
When, at the same time, the treasurer's hands are tied, and 
he cannnot do a thing, because the treasury is depleted. 

You say, "Why, Brother Kimmei, you surprise me. I 
thought you had bushels of money and could write a check 
for any amount, to any person, at any time. Oh ! My friends, 
I wish I had. I assure you that these old ministers would 
get their money, in advance, and yet even more than they 
get now. No, do not blame me, for I am extremely sensitive 
on that point. You put the blame where it properly belongs. 

You see it is this Avay : Each pastor is supposed to take 
up an offering each year for the support of these old minis- 
ters, who gave their lives for the Brethren church, Avhen 
the work was hard and the pay was poor; and send it to 
H. B. Roscoe, Goshen, Indiana, who is the secretary of the 
Board, and then Brother Roscoe sends the money to me, and 
I check it out to the beneficiaries. But you see preachers 
have poor memories, and they forget to take up the offerings 
and so we do not get the money. Now preachers have good 
memories when it comes to preaching sermons. Some of 



them can preach sermons an hour long, but when it comes 
to taking up an offering for these old preachers — then they 
cannot remember anything. They are not even able to re- 
member that som'e day they too may grow old and want to 
get on this list alongside the rest of us. But I think it is a 
poor time for people to try to remember things in their 
dotage, that they could not remember when they were in full 
possession of their faculties, don't youf 

We have about two hundred churches, and if each 
church would give as much each year, as the Muncie Mis- 
sion has given for several years, we would have more than 
enough money to supply this fund. I do not think that one- 
half of the churches last year took up an offering, and those 
that did were very careful not to make the amount too large, 
lest we might have a surplus in the treasury, and the money 
could not be used. 

Now my brethren, I am very sorry for you, indeed. You 
lia^'e not gotten a dollar for three months, right in the dead 
of ■\\'inter at that. And every man on the Superannuated 
list should have had sixty dollars for these three months — 
and did not get a cent. But do not blame the treasurer; he 
cannot help it. 

Now then, on Sunday, February 25, 1923 is Benevolence 
Day, when every church is to take up an offering for these 
old ministers. You go to your pastor at once and' say to 
him, Ai-e we going to take up an offering for the old minis- 
ters. And if he says he doesn't know, then tell him to read, 
at once, and without any delay, James 2 :14, 15, 16, 17, 18. 

Where James says. What does it profit my brethren, 
though a man says he hath faith, and have not works? Can 
faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and desti- 
tute of daily food. And some of you say unto them : Depart 
in peace, be ye warmed and filled ; notwithstanding ye give 
them not thofe things which are needful to the body; ^vhat 
does it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works is dead, 
being alone. Yea, a man may .say, Thou hast faith, and I 
have works; show me thy faith without thy works and I 
will show thee my faith by my works. 

During this conference year, Sister Beer of Califoi'nia 
has gone home to meet her Inxsband in glory; and I was very 
liappy to know that she was paid up to the time of her 
death, and I am also very glad, that some of these old 
preachers have died during the three months, in which Ave 
did not pay them a cent. 

I do not want any of these old preachers to die, and in 
their last days, feel that the cliurch, Avhich they served all 
these years had forsaken them, in tlie hour of need. 

You may not care, but I do. 

Muncie, Indiana. 



A PRAYER 

Lord, Avho though thou wast rich, yet for our sakes 
didst become poor, and hast promised in thy gospel that 
whatsoever is done unto the least of thy brethren, thou wilt 
receive as done unto thee : give us grace, we humbly be- 
seech thee, to be ever willing and ready to minister, as thou 
enablest us, to the necessities of our fellow-creatures, and 
to extend the blessings of thy. Kingdom over all the Avorld, 
to thy praise and glory, Avho art God over all, blessed for- 
ever. Amen. — St. Augustine. 



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Benevolences and Brethren Home— Why? By e. l. Mnier 



For this topic to be treated' by a minister may seem 
rathhr personal. And I am persuaded it is. Soon we can 
sing "Silver Threads Among the Gold." And it is very 
evident that the minister who goes into the work without a 
patrimony will not have much of this world's goods at the 
close of his efforts for God and the church. We have seen 
some of the old warriors of the faith in circumstances that 
beggar description. This should not be, and before we are 
up against the same thing ourselves it is fitting and ia order 
that we register a protest and issue a call for consideration 
of those who have given their all in God's service. So we 
appeal for loyal support of the Benevolence work of the 
church. Tliis work is giving a little support to the aged 
ministers and their wives or perhaps the widows of those 
who have been on the firing line for years. It is a shame 
that we do not do more for them than we do, but somehow 
David Harum's homily seems to actuate us here. He says, 
"Would that our dominie were a horse, we could then have 
shot him when we had worn him out. ' ' Let us have a heart. 
Let us rally to the support of these who have established 
our churches and kept them fed with the bread of life. 

What we have said in support of the Benevolence Board 
and its work will also apply to the support asked for the 
Brethren Home. Paul says, ' ' But if any provide not for 
his own, and especially for those of his OAvn house, he hath 
denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. However this 
may be interpreted or construed, I feel that it is proper to 
say that it includes the treatment of the aged ministers and 
workers in the church. How can we square ourselves with 
God and at the same time permit our aged folks to suffer 
for even the meanest necessities of life? Often when wife 
and I have passed by some of the almshouses or poorhouses 
of our land, she has been prompted to say, "Daddy, there is 
our future home." Rather cynical, you say. But has not 
the treatment accorded some of our ministers amounted to 
nothing more than turning them over to the almshouse offi- 
cials? Over the hills to the poor-house is not a very hope- 
ful song for a worker to sing when in the bloom of life and 
health. But if that is all that stares him in the face as a 
reward for his efforts he should be put wise at the begin- 
ning of his ministry. We should not sail under false colors 
in the church of the living God. 

But then we are told in the Word that the righteous 
have never been forsaken, neither has his seed been forced 
to beg bread. This must be made true, and can be only 
when the righteous function in giving and not withholding. 
How nice it is that we are now getting awake on this mat- 



ter and making preparations to take care of not only the' 
aged ministers and their helpmeets but also other aged mem- 
bers of our beloved fraternity. At Flora, Indiana, we are 
having established a home that shall be altogether Brethren. 
How nice it will be for those who have been loyal to the 
church and who come to old age without the material goods 
to care for them to be able to spend the twilight hours vsdth 
those of like precious faith and in a place where they will 
be made to feel AT HOME and not objects of charity. And 
who knows where it might strike that a place for the clos- 
ing years of life might be needed? Even the wealthiest of 
us have been known to lose our all in almost a moment of 
time. It would be not only a kindness conferred upon others 
for those possessed of much of this world's goods to give 
heavily to this Home project, but it might be an insurance 
for the giver as well. I do know that it will be the source 
of much satisfaction and blessing for the giver, for the Word 
tells us it shall be so. 

Churches, chiirch auxiliaries and individual members 
can all have a hand in this work and they should so do. Fit- 
ting out rooms or even erecting cottages by some of these 
individual units would be a mighty fine way of showing in- 
terest and loyalty to those who have helped make and pre- 
serve us as a church. The Benevolence Board has a set 
apportionment for the churches. We dare not go below 
that. But the Old Folks' Home Board depends altogether 
upon your free will offerings to keep it going. Perhaps 
later they may be able to tell just about what they need 
annually and then an apportionment can be determined 
upon. But until then, let us pour out our dollars in support 
of the most human, should I say humane, of our efforts. We 
know that the work of missions is the great work of our 
church. But we dare not wear out men and women in that 
work and then tell them we no longer need them. Even the 
great manufacturing and other corporations of our land have 
come to a pensioning of their loyal and older employees. 
Laws are being made at the present time looking toward 
pensioning all aged folks. And shall the church have less 
heart for its aged and worn-out workers than the so-called' 
heartless corporations? I have every faith in our folks on 
this proposition. We are going to put tliis proposition across 
in good shape. Plan to give well and before you send in 
the subscription double it and see how it will make your 
blood glow and your nerves tingle in real happiness. We 
will take care of our own. We are not going to be classed 
with the infidels. There must be no more suffering among 
those who have sacrificed for us, and no more almshouses 
staring them in the face. Let's do it. 



Brethren Home Notes 



Benevolence Day Offerings 

February is the month designated by our Bicentenary 
Movement in which we take a dual offering for the Breth- 
ren Home and for the Superannuated Ministers. Siinday, 
Februarjr 25th has been designated as the day on which each 
Brethren congregation is asked to take up the offering. 

As determined at Conference last year 20 cents per 
member is asked by the Brethren Home Board and 20 cents 
per member by the Board of Benevolences. This is a small 
amount and should be reached by every church. All offer- 
ings for The Brethren's Home should be sent to the under- 
signed while offerings for the Superannuated Fund should 
be sent to Herman Roscoe at Goshen, Indiana. 

The Building: 

It is a source of joy to all to know that the fine, new 
.^35 000.00 structure to be known as the Administration 
Building is almost complete and will be ready for occu- 



pancy about the first of May. Formal dedication of this new 
building will be held about the middle of May when the 
weather is settled. The building will certainly be a credit 
to the Brethren church at large. It is well constructed and 
very complete. 

The New Superintendent and Matron: 

The Board has unanimously elected Brother Monroe 
Landis and his wife of Flora, Indiana, to be Superintend- 
ent and Matron of the new Home. They are members of the 
First Brethren church at Flora, Indiana. They were born 
near Flora and have lived in this vicinity nearly all their 
lives. Brother Landis is at present a Trustee at the Flora 
Brethren church. Brother and Sister Landis seem to be spe- 
cially adapted and qualified for the new duties which they 
will assume early in the spring. 

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR ADMISSION 

The following are extracts from the Rules and Regula- 



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tions adopted by the Board at its last meeting relative to 
adtaissions : 

Sec. 1. All applications for admission to the Home 
shall be made in Avriting to the Superintendent. The appli- 
cation shall be accompanied by a recommendation from the 
local congregation in which said member holds membership, 
; signed by the officials of said church and shall also be ac- 
companied by a medical certificate showmg that said appli- 
cant is free from malignant, contagious and infectious dis- 
eases and of sound mind. Applications for children shall be 
signed by friends or guardians having such children in 
charge. All applications shall contain or state the facts rel- 
ative to their condition and circumstances. 

Sec. 2. No adult memljer shall be admitted to the 
Home until he or she has been recognized a member in good 
standing of the Brethren church for one year. 

S€c. 3. All applicants on entering said Home shall 



transfer all theii' property (unless otherwise arranged for 
with the Board of Trustees) to the Home, after which said 
Board of Trustees will enter into a contract with said ap- 
plicant to room, board and maintain them during life and 
at death furnish them with a Christian burial. 

Sec. 4. No children shall be taken into the Home over 
twelve (12) years of age except by special arrangement 
^^'ith the Trustees. All children shall be placed in good 
homes as soon as they can be secured under such rules and 
regulations as the Trustees may deem proper." 

A printed copy of the Rules and Regulations together 
■with application blanks for adinission will be cheerfully 
mailed to any one on application. 

ORION E. BOWMAN, 
Secretary-Treasurer The Bi-ethren's Home, 

705 American Building, Dayton, Ohio. 



Washington: An Old-fashioned Believer. By Pavid james Burreii 



At a time when belief in the fundamental truths of the 
Christian religion is regarded by many as a sign of paleozoic 
senility, it is a consolation to reflect that there is a great 
multitude of wise men on earth and in heaven who have 
neither desired nor found anything better than the "faith 
once for all delivered unto the saints." 

If there was ever a period when Christians were hilar- 
iously laughed out of court for their lack of up-to-dateness, 
it was in that Iron Age of Infidelity, a century and a half 
ago, when Paine and Voltaire and their followers were 
"ringmg out the old and ringing in the new." It is inter- 
esting to note, at this distance, how calmly indifferent many 
of the best and wisest people were at that time to the sense- 
less clamor. Among these was George Washington, who 
went right on believing as though nothing unusual was 
going on. 

I He believed in God ; not merely in Universal Law, or 
a Pervading Force, or a Something that Maketh for Right- 
eousness, but in a personal God, in whose providence he had 
an abiding faith. In writing of Braddock's defeat, he said, 
"By the all-powerful dispensation of Providence, I have 
been protected beyond all human probability ; for I had f our 
bullets through my coat and two horses were shot from 
under me, yet I escaped unliurt A\diile death was leveling 
my companions on every side of me." In reviewing the 
events of the Revolution he said, "A man mixst be worse 
than an infidel who does not see the goodness of God, or has 
not gratitiide enough to acknowledge it. ' ' On resigmng his 
commission as Commander-in-chief, he said, "I consider it 
an indispensable duty to close this, my last official act, by 
commending the interests of our dearest country tu the pro- 
testion of Almighty God." 

II. He believed in Christ as his Savior and so pro- 
fessed. His pastor ■\\Tote, "I never knew so constant an 
attendant on church as he ; and liis behavior in the house of 
God was ever so deeply reverent that it produced the hap- 
piest effects." 

III. He believed that ours is a Christian nation, as 
these words show, "It is my most earnest prayer that God 
Avould be most graciously pleased to so dispose us all to do 
.■justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with that 
charity, humility and pacific temper of mind which were the 
characteristics of the divine Author of our blessed religion, 
■without a humble imitation of whose example in these things 
we can never hope to be a happy nation. ' ' 

IV. He believed in the Bible as the very Word of God. 
He spoke of it as "the pure and benignant light of revela- 
tion. ' ' On one occasion, his nephew, coming suddenly to his 
room, found him on his knees with his open Bible before him. 
If we were accustomed nowadays to read the blessed Book 
in the same manner, we would love it more devoutly and 
find f e-wer faults in it. 



V. He believed in the sanctity of the Sabbath, and re- 
quired it to be observed by his officers and men. During 
his chief magistracy the presidential home was secluded on 
that day. Things at our national capital are different now. 

VI. He believed in prayer. As he was leaving home in 
early childhood, his mother said, "My son, never neglect the 
duty of secret prayer." He never did. It was his custom 
to rise at four o 'clock for devotions. It is known how a cer- 
tain Quakei'. whUe walkiiig along a creek near Valley 
Forge, hearing a voice from a dense thicket, pushed his way 
tlirougli and found Washington on Ms knees. His face was 
uplifted and suffused "with tears. At this time the Contin- 
ental cause was at its extremity. The troops were barefoot 
and hungry, the treasuiy depleted and all hearts sick with 
hope deferred. The Commander-in-chief knew that the only 
hope was in prayer, and he was confident that God would 
hear and answer it. 

The things which Washington thus believed he exem- 
plified in Ills daily life. The fruits of the Spirit, "love, joy, 
peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith," were wit- 
nessed in Ms -ivalk and conversation. The words which the 
lad had written in his earliest copy-book, "Labor to pre- 
serve ill your bosom that lingering spark of heavenly fire 
which men call Conscience," served him as Ms guiding star. 

It is evident from the foregoing that Washington Avas 
an old-fasMoned believer, far beyond the noisy skeptics and 
unbelievers of his time. There are some hundreds of mil- 
lions of people just like him now living in this old world of 
GUI'S. They believe in progress, but they believe also in a 

(Continued on page 10) 



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AN ENGLISH TRIBUTE TO WASHINGTON 

An English ■\A'reath we fain would lay 
Upon this mighty tomb today — 
Of laurel, ivy, oak and yew. 
Which drank the English sun and dew 
Off far-off Yorkshire's grassy sod; 
Where once — we boaft — his father's trod, 
Whom East and West iimte to praise 
And crown with never fading bays. 

Washington, thy symbol be 
The oak for strength and constancy; 
For grandeur and for grace of form. 
For calmness m the stress of storm. 
For monarch of the forest thou ! 
To thee the generations bow ; 
And under thy great shadow rest. 
Forever free, forever blest. 

— ^Rev. Richard Wilton, Canon of York. 



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THE BRETHREN PULPIT 



The Povi^er of Influence By George h. jones 



TEXT : Simon Peter saith unto them, "I go a fishing. ' ' They say unto him, 

John 21:3. 



'We also go with thee."— 



Exposition 

The outstanding features of the closing chapter of 
Jolm's gospel are: the incident of our text, the last recorded 
miracle, the miraculous draught of fishes, the restoration of 
Peter, and the posssible prolonging of the life of John, which 
gave rise to the most startling traditions and speculations re- 
garding a "Wandering Jew." 

Our lesson however is concerned with the teaching first 
suggested, then emphasized, upon the power of influence. 
The text suggests what follows the speech and action of a 
man in whom is lodged the possibilities of leadership. For 
three years this group of men had been associated ^^dth the 
greatest leader the world ever knew. His messages and acts 
had left an mdelible impress upon their minds. Each detail 
stood out so strikingly that there was no trouble in recalling 
and recording the essential things be said, nor the point of 
of his actions in what he did. Their absorption in the minor 
things of his life made them blind 
to the major. This caused them to 
instinctively fall back on former 
habits, when they lost his presence. 
His larger vision of the purpose of 
his life and the end to which all 
these miracles and teachings 
pomted, was jas yet uncompre- 
hended. It was natural then that 
the most influential personality 
would dominate their course of ac- 
tion. Peter said, "I go a fishing." 
They answered, "We also go with 
thee." Time, to think and adapt 
themselves to new conditions was 
the need of the hour. The action 
taken upon the spur of the moment 
was the best under the circum- 
stances. Discouragement and disap- 
pointment had beset them like a 
flood. Their high aspirations had 
gone "a glimmering," with the 
capture and crucifixion of Jesus. 
Here were seven of them, all fol- 
lowers, five of whom had been fish- 
ermen. Peter's decided, "I go," ) 
led the others to "Also go." | 
Whether the going would lead into •:•> 
wrong action was largely a ques- 
tion to be settled by the consequences 
ship is not always in the right. Followers are seldom 
thoughtful enough to discern the end from the beginning. 

The Greatest Human Factor is Influience 

The most potent factor in the world of humanity is in- 
fluence. This incident was one of several that illustrate its 
power. These men had already reacted to Peter's influence. 
"If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise 
(Mark 14:31). Likewise so said they all." This incident is 
complementary to the other. In the later meeting with 
Jesus, following their decision to go with Peter, they lisi- 
tened to the restoration with which Jesus exhorted Peter 
to feed the sheep and lambs of the fold. The thrice repeated 
command, was as much needed by these followers as by the 
leader. 

An illustration from the Prophets is illuminating. In 



best- 



Tributes to Washington 

AVTiere may the weajied eye repose, 

Wien gazing on the great; 
Where neither guilty glory glows, 

Nor despicable state? 
Yes — one — the first — the last — the 
The Cincinnatus of the West, 

Whom envy dared not hate, 
Bequeath the name of Washington, 
To make man blush there was but one! 

— Lord Byron. 

Jji ?JC ^ ^ 

O noble brow, so wise in thought! 
O heart so true! O soul unbought! 
O.eye, so keen to pierce the night 
And guide the "ship of state" aright! 
O life, so simple, gi'and and free, 
The humblest still may turn to thee. 
O king, uncrowned! O prince of men! 
When shall we see thy like again? 

— Mary Wingate. 



Influential leader- 



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I 



the 19th chapter of I Samuel we have the dramatic drawj 
ing of the messengers of Saul, the king, into the group o;| 
prophets who were prophesying at Naioth in Ramah. For 
getting their desperate task of capturing, possibly murder 
ing David, they began to prophesy also. Again, second mesi 
sengers were sent and they also prophesied. At last Sau 
went himself and ■was drawn into the same action. Htj 
stripped himself to look as poor as these prophets whihi 
among them, so that his astonished friends asked, "Is Saull 
also among the prophets ? " The power of influence ! What] 
a measure of responsibility upon the institution of the indi-; 
vidual who exerts it ! Sanctified influence or devilish. 

The Influence of Example 

Most lives have their inspiration from an individual. 
Some good' man or woman, or some reckless ones, or perhaps 
in many cases, thoughtless ones, will have credited to them 
the inspiration of all great acts, or mean ones. "It is cer- 
tain that either wise bearing or ig- 
norant carriage is caught as men 
take diseases, one of another ; there- 
fore let men take heed of their com- 
pany. ' ' 

Hannay, the converted cowboy, 
died in British East Africa not ten 
years ago. His service as a mis- 
sionary lasted but little over three 
months, but out of the great sacri- 
fice Hannay made, came scores of 
volunteers to the Foreign Mission 
fieds that were set on fire by his 
splendid personality Avhile in the 
Christian Endeavor work of the 
Pacific Coast. 

Henry M. Stanley gives David 
Livingstone credit for turning him, 
a skeptic, into an active Bible- 
reading Christian. "If I lived in 
the same house as George White- 
field a week, I'd become a Chris- 
tian in spite of myself," said an 
atheist, who watched him. "A great 
soul is strong to live as well as to 
think." 

The Influence of Environment 

We are social beings. Jesus Avith 
every miracle made men more fit for right living A^dth their 
fellows. We are often made or unmade by our homes, our 
neighborhood or community. Benjamin Franklin relates how 
he, as a boy, escaped the influence of a bad environment. He 
.secured employment in a printing office, and at the noon 
hour when the men congregated at the dramshop and loaf- 
ing places, he secured a book and sought the seclusion of the 
deserted printing room and laid the foundations of what be- 
came one of the world's most noble characters. The other 
boys, fascinated by the tale sof their elders, often unfit to 
hear, amid the smoking and drinking environment, became 
worthless or worse, as men. 

The Influence of Organizations 

We are living in an age when we can witness the aggre- 
gate influence of great capital. The potent, fraternal orders 
numbering their millions, and so numerous that at loss for a 



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name, they take pnd'e in orgauiziug a Fraternal Order of 
Ours. Never Avas public opiuiou moulded so subtly through 
the agency of great news gathering corporations. World 
affairs never received such a shock as when a nation's course 
of action was publicly repudiated through the iuHiience of a 
political party, like that of the League of Nations treaty. 
The characters of public men have all been shaped largely 
by the atmosphere of school or college. The passage of one 
of the greatest reform bills ever drafted, the Eighteenth 
Amendment, by the united church forces and the action that 
will follow an aroused and organized association for better 
homes, all bespeak the influence that can be exerted by or- 
ganizations. Ciirbing or limiting their possibilities for evil 
is the problem for thinking men. There is no question as to 
their power and influence. 

The Power of Influence Unconscious 

Often the influence exerted is unconscious. Men carry 
an atmosphere Avith them. Thej'- have lived so long in it 
that they forget its very nature. Men have wondered why 
certain causes failed that according to all human calcula- 
tions, should haA'e succeeded. Biit they failed to take into 
account the fact that some men carry with them, after the 
repetition of certain thoughts and actions, an influence in- 
stinctively felt rather than discerned. "I Avould rather have 
a church made up of ten men of God, living right, than one 
of five hundred, wliose lives as Christians, A\-ere .iokes to the 
o'cdless world. The fir.st would be an influence for good 
that the second could never reach." The reason is readily 
seen. , 



Influence is Infectious 

"Me too," said the child who followed the loader. The 
leader led the way tlirough piled up sacks of wheat and 
grain. Finally he led the way over a great bm in wliich hun- 
dfeds of bushels of corn were stored, while below the men 
were draMing it out to fill cars. Tlie second child slipped 
and fell uito the .sliding mass, while the leader tried to ivs- 
cue his follower. Both disappeared engulfed in the grain, 
later to have their lifeless bodies recovered, a testimony to 
the influence of wrong leaderslup. The sermon of a half 
hour is forgotten, the popular book is replaced by a later 
one, but a consistent life, like that of a good father or 
mother is a never ending benediction. 

Influence is Inspiring' 

The custom in olden times of keeping the colors of a reg- 
iment in action constantly in adA'anee and so inspiring the 
men to keep up to the flag, carried a never-lo-be-forgotten 
sermon to every soldier. The victories there i-epresented, 
the conquest to be made, the reputation to sustain, the cour- 
age to endure, these all carried their influence that inspired 
to heroic deeds and superhuman effort. 
"Influence is Eternal 

"No man liveth unto liimself" is so true in its applica- 
tion that the older men groAv the more tliey feel their re- 
sponsibility. 

"We are Avriting a gospel, a chapter a day. 
By deeds that Ave do, by Avords that a\'o say. 
Men read Avhat Ave Avrite, whether faithless or true, 
Say! What is the gospel according to you?" 
Conemaugh, Pennsylvania. . 



OUR DEVOTIONAL 

Guarding the Heart 

By Pearl Jackson 

OUR SCRIPTURE 

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. 
For where your treasure is there Avill be your heart also. 
And immediately Avhen Je.sus perceived in his spirit that 
they so reasoned Avithin themselves, he said unto them, 
"Why reason ye these tilings Avithin your hearts?" For 
the Avord of God is quick and poAverful and sharper than 
any tAvo-edged SAvord. piercing cA-en to the dividing asunder 
of soul and spirit and of the joints and marroAV, and is a 
discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. These 
.six things doth the Lord hate. . . an heart that diA'iseth 
Avicked imaginations. But if from thence thou shalt seek 
the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him Avith 
all thy heart and Avitli all thy soul. For this ye knoAv that 
Avhore mongers, nor imclean persons, nor covetous men Avho 
are idolators hath any inheritance in the Kingdom of God. 
For I say unto you through the grace given unto me to every 
man that is among you not to think of liimself more highly 
than he ought to think, but to tlimk soberly according as 
God hath to every man the measure of faith. That every 
one of you should know Iioav to possess his vessel in sancti- 
fication and honor. For this is the Avhole Avill of God, even 
your sanctification that you should abstain from fornica- 
tion. 

OUR MEDITATION 

We find the advice of the apostle Paul to his brother 
Timothy was "Keep thyself pure." Paul kncAv Avhat it 
meant and kncAv if Timothy Avas pure he could do more 
effective Avork through the favor he Avould find Avith God 
and man. I wonder if avc have thought of it? Webster 
says it means unpolluted, holy, Avithout guilt or defilement. 



HoAv Avonderful, if Ave could all possess these traits and have 
our lives like that of our Master. We could then march on 
in his cause, as an army Avitli modern equii^ment advances, 
sure of the Adctory for its country. 

We cannot expect to be pure outwardly Avhen Avithin 
our minds A\'e hai'bor corrupt and Adle things. We may suc- 
ceed in deceiving our associates for a Avhile, but "From the 
abiindance of the heart the mouth speaketh," so if we ex- 
pect to be pure Ave must guard our licarts. 

Then the first big question is, IIoav avIU avc do this? 
and the ansAver comes very forcedly, We must choose be- 
tween the good and the best. AVliile avc must discard the 
bad, Ave should retain the best to make of it a part of our 
very beings. Yes, Ave are to choose, but how are Ave to knoAv 
Avhich is the best for us? There are two ways wliich stand 
out prominently, those of judging from the knoAvledge 
Avliich A\'e gain by a careful and searching study of the Holy 
Scripture, and by answered prayers to God, our Creator, 
protector and keeper. Noav since avc are to judge and Ave 
laiOAv hoAv Ave should judge and have before lis the- best, we 
must make it a part of our very beings, or our lives Avill be 
as the salt Avhich has lost its savor. 

AVe as a Christian people look at the depth of our Chris- 
tian experience too lightly. To some of us church going has 
become such a habit that Ave fail to get the blessings Avhich 
are in store for us. We expect the minister to give to us 
enough spiritual food in his messages on the Sabbath for the 
Aveek foUoAving. It is true his sermons should be of the type 
to lead us into deeper thinking for ourselves, but we should 
not be willing to sacrifice our personal gain from daily 
prayer and scripture study in such a Avay. 

It is necessary for us who are Christians to follow the 
perfect example Avhich Christ has giA'en us. We who haA'c 
experienced the manifestations of his choicest blessings 
should be able to show the impressions they liave left on us, 
but Ave cannot do this unless we keep ourselves pure. Our 
non-Christian friends Avith Avhom Ave associate each day, 
some probably never attend church services or Sunday 
school, and do not read the Bible, nevertheless they are 
forming their opinion as to the value of these things by 



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reading our lives, not so much on Sunday, but while we 
work and mingle A^'ith them. Therefore it is very important 
that we throw around ourselves such fortifications which 
will cause us to stand true to Christ, the kind which will 
enable us to mingle with these people and during this time 
lift them to Christ and higher living and yet follow our per- 
fect example. 

If the church is to succeed in this Christian battle 
against sin it is up to us to do our best, as the church can 
be no better, no more holy than the people who make up its 
membership. We are the ones who must enter into the front 
ranks and use every talent we possess with the very best 
judgment we can obtain. Now comes another vital question, 
how can we expect to do this unless we guard our hearts and 
take the hand of the Savior as our guide along the rough 
path of life? May we breathe with the poet this prayer for 
aid: 

OUR PRAYER 

And may I ne'er my steps then turn 

Away from thee ; 
But if the road be rough and hard 

Hold on to me ; 
And may thy hand once pierced for me, 

Me ever of thy love remind. 
And keep until life's way will end, — 

My hand in thine, my hand in thine. 
North Manchester, Indiana. 



Washington: An Old-fashioned Believer 

(Continued from page 7) 

Gospel, which was, in the beginning, divinely adjusted to th 
progress of the ages. They hold to the things which ar 
"eternally true. In keeping abreast of the times they dejdin 
to "throw out the baby with the bath-water." Wherefore 
despite the noise, they cling firmly and confidently to Chris 
and his Gospel, ' ' delivered once for all. ' ' 



Church Manners and Conduct 

(Continued from pag-e 3) 

ate IB t'he reading of the AVord, unite with the rest in doing so. Wil 
ought to consider it a privilege to read God's Word, and should praji 
for an understanding heart to receive its message. And if the oppor 
tunity to perform any special function in any religious service !!■ 
yours, do not fail your opportunity, but do your part with gladness 
of heart and singleness of purpose. Put yourself into every service 
and every service will be a blessed one to you. 

Go to church to worship God; be reverent in his house; have re-l 
spect for the services and value them highly; be polite and consid-! 
erate in your bearing; co-operate with your leader and enter sincerely! 
and heartily into all t'he forms of worship and the services of God's; 
house will be more pleasing to the Father and more impressive to' 
those who come to worship. And in conclusion, as at the outset, let 
us remember, "Love doth not behave itself unseemly." 



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THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



I. D. SLOTTEE 

Treasurer, 

AslUand, Ohio 



The Parable of the Pounds 



By George S. Baer 

(Sunday School Lesson for February 25) 

Devotional Reading. — Psalm 26:1-7. all classes it teaches the necessity of patiently 

Lesson Material. — Luke 19:11-48. waiting and actively working for Christ till 

Reference Material. — Matt. 25:14-30; 1 he comes again;" second, "To the Jews it 

Tim. 4:13-15. gives a solemn warning respecting the deadly 

Daily Home Bible Readings opposition which they arc now exh^lbiting, and 

which will be continued even after his dc- 

M. Using or losing our gifts, Luke 19:11-26 parture. There will be severe retribution for 

T. The talents Matt. 25:14-29 those who willfully reiect their lawfully ap- 

W. Stewards of the law, Eom. 3:1-4 pointed king." This latter point is espe- 

T. Stewards of the gospel, 1 Cor. 4:1-5 g,•f^lly interesting because it is suggested by 

F. Stewards of grace, 1 Pet. 4:7-11 eontemporary history. In 4 B. C. Archelaus, 

S. The standard of stewardship, ^ son of Herod the Great, went to Rome to rc- 

Luke 12:41-48 ceive from Emperor Augustus the kinglom left 

S. Walking in integrity, Psalm 26:1-12 i,ij,j y^j j^jg father's will. The Jews revolted 

Thoughts on the Lesson ^^^^ sent an ambassage of fifty men to op- 

T„ . ■ i,u 1 T • 1 I,- pose him at Rome. Archelaus had left his 

•Jesus is passing through .Jericho on his way a ■ ■ ^i. -u .i j: ^- • i j 

. -■ '- , % ii 1 4. i- I, J! !,■'„ attairs in the hands or some officials and on 

up to Jeiiisalcm tor the last time before his ,. . ,i,j j,,- • .. 

'■ . TT T. -u 4. 11- ii, ^ x, ^ "IS return he had some of his enemies put to 

passion. He has been tolling the people about , ,, „, • • •-, j. .-n t, j t, 

i, ,. J J! r^ :3 -u ■ ii,ji,4-4.T,„ death. This incident was still remembered bv 

the kingdom ot (rod being at hand, but thev ,, „ , , . ,, -j. • -j - ti,' 

, "=. 1 1 T .1. i > 1 J! •' the people, and especially was it vivid m the 

have not understood that he spoke ot a spin- ■ 5 j? ^i i. ■ t • i t. 

.. , , . , , , , 1, ■ T.- ii minds of those Who were m Jericho, where 

itual kingdom and have been cherishing the , , , , ■ v, ^ ^-n + j t 

, ., ? ^ 11 i 1 iu Archelaus' rich palace still stood. In warn- 

hope that Jesus would prove to be the one ■ j.i, t • ^\. ■ ■*• ^ 

,'■ 11 . ■ .i 1 f 1 i T 1 1 ii^ff the Jews concerning their opposition to 

■n-'ho would restore the kingdom of Israel and ^, ". . , . „ , „. _ " ,'^^, , 

. tT. ^ j: n -o ij A their righttul King, Jesus seems to have made 

set the Jews free from Roman bondage. As . '^ . ,, . '=■'.. „ , • , n . 

1- J 1,- i T 1 ifiin reference to this bit ot history, an allusion 

.Jesus made his way to Jerusalem "they sup- ,.• i j., i u • ^ ii 

1 ,, , J., 1 • ■ , -c n 1 11- which tne people would instantly recognize 

posed that the kingdom ot God wouul iiiime- i ^i i. i. n ii. • t j. j 

S- , 1 ,, J ii i. -i 1 1 V ii and cause thom to be ail the more interested 

diatelv appear" and that it would be the oc- ■ ,-, ii m v n * ii. ^ </■ 

. - » ^1- • i- 14-1, in the parable. Tarbell suggests that "m 

casion for his inauguration and the com- 4,1- 4.. nr ^ m„ v 1, ■ j; ^ 

,4, c^ 11- T 11 1 this the Master Teacher has given a useful 

inoncemont ot a rebellion. .Jesus well knew , • 4. , n 4. 1. mi. ■ -jn 4. ^ 4.1. 

,,4., 4.J, -, T,ij- 4. jT hint to all teachers. The incidents of the 

what the next few days held m store and he , 4., 4. 4? i.- 4. •^^ jsj. s -1.1 

,4. , J. ■ 1 1 4. ■ 4. ,4. 4.1, day, the events of history will often forcibh^ 

sought by means of a parable to interpret the -i, 4. 4. 4., 4. 4., 4. u- >> 

■ i u 4-1, 4. ,!,■ j; • 1 1 4.1, illustrate the truth you are teaching." 

coming events both to 'his disciples and the •' ° 

Jews. Cluallenge to Taithful Service 

The Two-fold Lesson jesus seeks to make clear to his disciples 

The consummation of the kingdom that that the coming of the Kingdom is a process 

Jesus is to establish is to be deferred, for the that requires faithful service on t'he part of 

nobleman is to go "into a far country to re- each one. The nobleman gave to each of his 

ceive for himself a kingdom, and to return." servants a pound (about sixteen dollars) and 

The twn-fnld lesson of this parable, accord- instructed them to trade and increase them, 

ing to Plummer, is iirst, "To the disciples of The Jews have always been a trading people 



and were as shrewd in commercial enterprises 
in that day as in this. So our Lord gives to 
each disciple today opportunities for service 
that must not lightly bo passed by, or talents 
of usefulness that must not be neglected. S. D. 
Gordon tells us in his ' ' Quiet Talks on Pow- 
er ' ' that it was said of the saintly Dr. A. J. 
Gordon in his earliest years that he had no 
executive ability. Men said he, could preach 
but that was about all, and he came largely 
to believe it himself. When he was offered 
the chairmanship of the missionary committee 
of the Baptist church, 'he promptly declined as 
being utterly unfit for such a task. Finally 
with reluctance he accepted, and for yaers 
he guided and moulded with rare sagacity the 
entire scheme of missionary operation of the 
great Baptist church of the North. He was 
accustomed with rare frankness and modesty 
to speak of himself as an illustration of how 
t'he Spirit develops talents which otherwise ! 
had lain unsuspected and unused. 1 

An. Accountiing Required ' 

Jesus impresses upon the minds of his dis- 
ciples that an accounting will be required, 
that those who use what has been entmsted 
to them will be rewarded according to the I 
degi'ee of their faithfulness and that those j 
who put forth no effort will 'have no part in 
his Kingdom. Matthew's Parable of the Tal- 
ents has a similar meaning but different ' 
enough to make it worthy of mention here. Dr. 1 
Bruce says, ' ' The Parable of the Pounds illus- 
trates the proposition that when ability is 
equal, quantity (of work) determines relative 
merit. The Parable of the Talents on the ! 
other hand, illustrates the proposition that I 
when ability varies, then not absolute quan- 1 
tity of work done but the ratio of the quan- 
tity of the ability, ought to determine the 
value. ' ' 

Both insist that it is not enough to return 
to God what he has entrusted to us, but that 
it must be increased by our fidelity and in- 
dustry, for we are stewards. Also we must 
understand that the more we have been giv- 
en the more will be expected of us. 



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Efficient Sunday School Administration 

By George F. Kem 

(.Address at Ohio Conference at Gratis, being published serially. Pari IV) 



Sunday School Text Book: No other has 
'ien found that would serve as a substitute 
Ir the Bible, though others have been tried, 
jimely, games, sports, current events, etc. 
■at the book that has survived the attacks 
' the critics and agnostics of all ages and 
ands forth more resplendent today than ever 
sfore is the only text book that will hold 
)ur Sunday school classes together, and the 
ily one that will maintain an unflagging in- 
Test. So if you are a Christian and conse- 
'■ated to your work never think of trying 
aything else. 

Listen to the words of Henry Ward Beecher 
:'i the Bible: "Book of the church, militant, 
jiumphant, book that our fathers touc'hed 
dth reverent hands and our mothers stained 
jith grateful tears. Books that no bonfires 
ive been able to consume, nor fuming acids 
I impair. Book of comfort for the sorrow- 
g, of strength for the weary, of courage for 
le living and hope for the dying. My Sav- 
,r's Book and mine." 
Besults of Administration. 
Is your Sunday school developing intelli- 
!nt efficient Christian UvCs? does it have 
■ strong primary department that gathers in 
le children in their infancy and ties them to 
le church from babyhood to the grave? As 
imeone has remarked, the future of a church 
' more determined by the number of baby 
lbs seen around the door than by the number 
: automobiles standing at the curb. 
Does it train efficient leaders for t'he church 



and Sunday school of highest consecrated 
Christian type, those who can and will build 
greater and better than we have done? 

The Sunday school too long has been known 
as a place to sing songs, a social half-hour 
and a place to take a penny collection. Let 
us disabuse ourselves of the idea. The Sunday 
school is a factory; its product is God-fear- 
ing, a God-worshiping citizenship, such as 
landed on New England's rockbound coast 
and whose progeny has made our country the 
beacon light, and set the standard of Chris- 
tian nations on a higher pinnacle than it has 
ever stood before. 

The Tests of the Admialstration 

First is your Sunday school grovring? Is 
its influence in its community increasing? Is 
the knowledge of the Bible on the part of its 
attendants growing? Are the attendants Show- 
ing increased interest? Are you developing 
trained teachers? Is it a religious force out- 
side of its four walls? Does it evangelize? 
And at last — here is the great test: Does it 
prepare for heavenly citizenship? 

Place these tests to your school as a yard- 
stick and if it measures up to them in a ma- 
jor degree you may rest assured that your ad- 
ministrative work is a crowning success, and 
in the words of the Master, "Inasmuch as 
you have been faithful in a few things, I 
shall make you ruler over many." 

The Sunday school that knows the value of 
thorough organization, that emulates its rec- 



ords, its system of finance, music, that relates 
itself to church and community, that makes 
the Bible its chief textbook and centers all 
in the pupil with a view to their spiritual 
emancipation, will be richly and amply re- 
warded in giving to the world and heaven, a 
citizenship that will glorify God and meet the 
desires of this infinite, loving, fatherly heart. 
Dayton, Ohio. 



LINCOLN NOT DEAD 

The world will never cease to need such 
lives as Lincoln lived. They are the salt cf 
the earth. Such a life never ceases to live; 
such devotion to principle, such trust, such 
power of heart does not and cannot cease 
with the grave. 

"And so they buried Lincoln? otrange and 

vain! 
Has any creature thought of Lincoln hid, 
In any vault, 'neath any coffin lid, 
In all the years since that wild spring of 

pain? 
'Tis false, he never in the grave hath lain. 
You could not bury him although you slid 
Upon his clay the Cheops pyramid 
Or 'heaped it with the Rocky Mountain chain. 

They slew themselves; they but set Lincoln 

free. 
In all the earth his great heart beats as 

.strong; 
Shall beat while pulses throb to chivalry 
And burn with hate of tyranny and wrong. 
WTioever wiU may find him anywhere 
Save in t'he tomb. Not there — he is not 

there. ' ' 

— Edgar DeWitt Jones. 



J. A. Garber 

PRESIDENT 



Our Young People at Work 



Melvin Stuckey 

SECRETARY 



Some Committee Suggestions 



IMAKING FOR ErFICIENCY 
For Prayer Meeting Committees 
The prayer meeting committee that wishes 
) be efficient will organize at the very begin- 
ing of the season's work. That is to say, 
le chairman will assign definite duties to 
ich member, as far as possible. Thus, if 
lere is no music committee in the society, 
le member should be appointed to work with 
jie pianist for the preparation of special 
Susie for the meeiings. To another mem- 
;er will be given the duty of making a 
rayer meeting scrap-book, pasting or writing 
a. it plans for the meeting. A third member 
ill be made secretary of the committee, and 
■ill keep a record of plans tried and how 
ley worked, as well as of the committee 
leeting assignments and decisions. The duties 
f the members in general are, in part: 1. To 
resent a feature for each meeting of the fol- 
:wing month. These features will be dis- 
as?ed in the committee 's monthly meeting, 
nd the best of them will be tried out. 2. 
carry assignments to the members of the 
Jciety at least a week before each meeting. 
To help timid members to find something 
) say in the meeting. This is a far more im- 
ortant piece of work than many imagine, and 
ills for tact and a spirit of encouragement. 
To prepare charts to be used in the meet- 
ig when needed. 5. To write to absent 
embers and secure their testimonies for at 
•ast two meetings in the year. — The C. E. 
ToiU. 



|r THE SOCIETY'S PUBLICITY 
|B- For Recording Secretaries 

If you have no publicity committee — ^and 
.ost societies could make good use of such a 
jmmittee — the recording secretary should act 



as this committeee. Now, at the beginning 
of the society year, is the time above all 
others when the society needs to be put on 
the map. Why not hold a poster contest, sec- 
retaries? Urge all to take part. Tell them 
that you "n-ant posters inviting people to come 
to the society prayer meetings, and setting 
forth as attractively as possible the advan- 
tages of society membership. They are to 
leave a space for the insertion of the topic 
and the date, so that the posters can be used 
in connection with any meeting. At your 
next social have an exhibition of the posters, 
appointing a committee to award a prize to 
the best, and perhaps another to the second- 
best. Then use all the posters in advertising 
the meeting. With this publicity use also all 
other channels you can find, such as the news- 
papers, the pastor's announcements, the an- 
nouncements in the Sunday school, and the 
church and society bulletin-boards. Be enter- 
prising, and you can double the attendance 
on the society meetings. — The C. E. World. 

The air seems full of whisperings; 

And every passing breeze 
A breath of "hope and promise brings 

Blown from eternal seas. 

— Martha Tapps Oliver. 



A GROUP DEBATE 
For Prayer Meeting Conmiltteet-, 

A method employed in one Illinois society 
for a time was to place each meeting in 
charge of a group of members. Four groups 
were formed, writes Mr. Herbert F. Church, 
who tells us about the plan. The purpose of 
the grouping was to eliminate the hesitancy 
which sometimes prevails when a meeting is 
thrown open. 



The plan of which Mr. Church writes was 
used by one group. Of course each group 
varies its method .as much as it can. 

The subject of this meeting happened to 
be the Golden Rule. The group 's aim was to 
secure general participation, and this is how 
they planned to draw out the members of the 
society. 

The chairman of the group was to sit in 
front, and the other members of the group 
were to be scattered among the audience. The 
chairman started the discussion of the topic, 
carrying it to a point previously agreed upon. 
When he stopped, another member of the 
group, who had been detailed for the task, 
took up the discussion, but presented the op- 
posite side of the argument. W'hen he fin- 
ished, a third member was ready to take up 
another phase of the subject, and a fourth 
was then ready to ad^-ance the opposite point 
of view on this matter. 

The effect of the plan was a debate, the 
speakers talking from their seats, and without 
the formalities of ordinary debates. A free- 
Eor-all discussion followed these speakers, for 
everybody had some opinion or ot'her to ex- 
press. Indeed, so successfully did the plan 
work out that the fourth member of the 
group, who was assigned a topic, did not get 
a chance to speak until closing time. There 
was full participation, yet not a single person 
was asked to speak (outside the group), and 
not a single sl'p or clipping was handed out. 
—The C. E. World. 



From the sunlit heights of life the deep 
vales and hollows of its necessities look dark- 
est, but to the faithful whose part lies there, 
there is still light enough to show the way, 
and to no other eyes do the everlasting hills 
and blue heaven seem so brilliant. —Jamea 
Martineau. 



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FEBRUARY 14, 1923 



Send Home Missionary Funds to 
WIIililAM A. GEARHART, 
Home Missionary Secretary, 

906 American BIdg., Dayton, Ohio. 



MISSIONS 



Send Foreign Mission Funds to 

LOUIS S. BAUMAN, 

Financial Secretary Foreign Board, 

1330 E. Tliird St., Long Beach, Callforni 



The National Interdenominational Home Missions Council 



I 



At the earnest solicitation of Dr. Roundy, 
associate secretary of tlie Council, and 
througli the generosity of a good brother in 
the Dayton church, your Home Mission Secre- 
tary was privileged to attend the annua! 
gathering of Home Mission secretaries and 
officers, on January 17, IS and 19 at Atlantic 
City, New .Jersey. For fifteen years previous 
the conference was held in New York City. 

WHAT IT IS — It is an organization of rep 
resentatives of various Home Mission Boards 
and organizations. There are at present 27 
different denominations affiliated with the 
Council, embracing 41 Boards, with head- 
quarters at New York City. Our Home Mis 
sion Board is not a member, but I was fur- 
nished a guest ticket and urged to be pres- 
ent. When I was introduced to the delegates 
and asked to speak for a few moments, there 
were a number who asked questions relative 
to our denomination, desiring to know just 
what kind of human beings we are. It was 
a little difficult to make them understand 
that we were not the Mennonitcs nor the 
Church of the Brethren, but after explaining 
that we are sometimes called the Progressive 
branch of the Tunker fraternity, there were 
many who understood who and what we are. 
There are usually from 150 to 200 delegate? 
present from various sections of this countrj\ 
West Indies, Canada and Alaska. The meet- 
ing is held in January each year. 

WHAT IT ACCOMPLISHES— It will be as 
impossible for me to state, save in a brief 
and incomplete manner, the accomplishments 
of this Council representing so many denom- 
inations, as it would be to state the accom- 
plishments of the church of Jesus Christ on 
the earth. Suffice it to know that among the 
many things which could be written concern- 
ing this great organization and its work, 
that the following are some of the outstand- 
ing ones as we have observed on our first 
visit: 

1. — Through the donations made by the var- 
ious Boards represented (iVhich donation i^i 
not compulsory), extensive and comprehensive 
surveys are made, dealing with conditions and 
needs of our American Indians, Highlanders 
in our mountain regions, Negro Americans, 
Orientals, Migi'ant groups, etc. These surveys 
arc very helpful in Home Mission work. 

2. — Various committees are appointed or 
elected, whose duty it is to bring to the an- 
nual gathering, such information as is desired 
by the council. 

.3. — Since this council represents so many 
denoniinations and such a large percent of the 
Christian vote of our country, courteous re- 
spect and attention is given by our lawmak- 
ers at Washington, D. C. A very timely mes- 
sage of greeting fronj President Harding was 
read, 'and while the council was in session, 
there were several telcsram communications 
between this body and the Senators and Rep 
resentatives at Washington, with reference to 
the passing of bills pertaining to matters of 
interest to Home Mission workers. One can 
readily see that much good can be done by 
passing such bills as will benefit racial con- 
ditions, child labor, Bible schools, etc. 

4. — A''arious reports are furnished free to 
the affiliated Boards, and tracts, booklets, etc , 
such as can be tised interdenominationally, are 
printed in large quantities and furnished at 
cost. 

5 — Comity, Co-operation. Standardization, 
etc., are interestingly and helpfully discussed 
in their annual meetings. 

fi. — Aside from the things mentioned above 
and many others which might be given, the 



inspirational addresses; the fellowship and 
counsel with those of kindred thought and 
vocation, were very refreshing and beneficial. 
Incidentally we were privileged to make our 
first visit with the Brethren churches in 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, 
D. C, and to give our ' ' Historical and Mis- 
sionaiy" lecture to appreciative audiences in 
the Third church of Philadelphia, and in the 
Washington, D. C. church. Without special 
solicitation, these two churches gave a free- 
■will offering for Home Missions amounting to 
$30.67. We found a good spirit in these con- 
gregations, and also at the First church in 
Philadelphia, where we attended the Sunday 
morning church service and the afternoon 



Sunday school service. It was rather dil 
cult to. resist the temptation to stop and vii 
our Brethren churches in Pittsburgh, Johi 
town, Altoona and others as we pass 
through that section of Pennsylvania, b 
since there is no one to look after the wo 
when I am away from my office, I dare n 
remain away too long at a time. The ti 
to the conference was not only a pleasa 
one, but we feel that it was very profitab 
and we hope to be able to make suggestio 
and recommendations to our Board which w 
be beneficial in our future Home Mission ; 
tivities. 

WILLIAM A. GEAEHART, 
Home Mission Secretary. 



News From the Kentucky Highland Regions 



A number of our workers and students at 
Riverside Institute have been sick this win- 
ter. Our superintendent. Brother Drushal has 
been ill quite a while, suffering from inflam- 
matory rheumatism. He was taken to the 
hospital at Lejxington, Kentucky for treat- 
ment and is now canvalescing. Our people 
in Dayton have been praying for them and we 
trust there will be others who will pray for 
those who are sick, and not only for them, 
but also for all who are connected -with our 
work in the mountains. The school work is 
progressing nicely even though they are ser- 
iously handicapped at times, through sickness 
and other difficulties ■w'hich arise. It seems 
to be difficult to keep a good experienced 
cook on the job to provide wholesome food 
for our workers and the students who board 
at the dormitory. If there is anyone who is 
interested in that part of our mission work, 
who would be willing to serve the Lord in 
that capacity, we shall be very glad to hear 
from such a brother or sister. It need not 
necessarily be a woman cook for there are 
some men who know how to cook well. 

Brother Thomas Allen is doing splendid 
work at Ki-ypton, preaching every Sunday 
morning and evening. The Krypton folks are 
becoming very enthvisiastic and are helping 
splendidly by attending the services and also 
by contributing liberally to meet the financial 
obligations. They have subscribed about 
$fi0.00 per month, with bright prospects for 
a larger amount, to secure the services of 
Brother .John M. Humberd of Flora, Indiana 
to teach school in the basement of our church 
during the months of February and March, 
beginning February 12th. Brother Humberd 
■n-as so well liked last year that they just 
think they n-iust have him back again this 
winter if only for a period of two months. 
Brother Humberd has decided to go. since 
they are so anxious to have him again, and 
will be on hand to begin his work soon. The 
Brethren church at Turlock, California, where 
Brother James Cook, the pioneer preacher for 
the Krypton church, is now located, sent us a 
check for more than $60.00 to be used to edu- 
cate the unfortunate boys and girls in the 
vicinity of Krypton. Brother Cook knows the 
conditions better than most of us do. for he 
spent a number of years among them. How 
Ti-e W'sh there might be sufficient funds that 
those eager boys and girls might be given 
the educational privileges that our own boys 
and gilrs enjoy. Brother and Sister Rempel 
with their two bright young daughters are 
happily located at Hazard, Kentucky, where 
the girls are securing their high school edu- 
cation and where Sister Rempel has been em- 



ployed as Bible teacher of the high scho 
Brother Rempel is doing all he can to ma 
Jesus Christ more fully known to the peo] 
of Hazard. He states that there is a wondi 
ful opportunity for the Brethren church 
that point. We hope our people will pr 
for this family who are so deeply interest 
in the mountain work, that the Lord m 
accomplish much through their efforts, ev 
though they do not receive any financial si 
port from our Board. 

The Brethren church at Dallas Cent 
Iowa, sent a check some time ago, amounti 
to $71.8.5 to be used to purchase either a oi 
or a horse for use at Riverside Institute. Tl 
splendid gift will surely be greatly app 
ciated. I presume it will be very difficult 
decide whether it shall be a cow or a hoi 
for both could be used to a great ad-s'anta 
We are very grateful for this donation. Ab( 
three dozen school desks are badly needed 
replace the old dilapidated ones in one of i 
rooms at Riverside Institute. We hope th( 
may be donated by some church before ni 
-July, when the next year's school term v 
begin. The desks that are to be replaced i 
made up of old boards and are in bad sha 
The other rooms are provided -with manuf 
tured desks and are in good repair. Plei 
write us if more information is desired befi 
sending desks. i 

WILLIAM A. GEARHART 1 
Home Mission Secretary 



In the days of the Chinese Boxers, f( 
missionaries were murdered in Liench 
China. Two of them were young student v 
untoers, Mr. and Mrs. Peale, who had read 
the mission station only the night before. 1 
pl.Tu of the Missionary Board had been 
send them to Yeung-Kong and Mr. Kunl 
another young student to Lienchou, but as 1 
Kunkle received a fellowship in England a 
decided to give another year to his studi 
the Board, thinking the station at Liencl 
the more urgent, sent Mr. and Mrs. Pei 
them in his stead. When the terrible news 
what would have been his own fate read 
Mr. Kunkle, he wrote to the Board, "I ci 
not help thinking that had I been more fai 
ful it would have been I that had gained 
martvr's crown, and a better than I spai 
for the work. Now I earnestly seek the pr 
ilege of taking the place of the marty] 
Peale, and if in your judgment this sad ev< 
and increased need justify my leaving i 
studies and lea-ving at once for China I i 
ready to sail." 



FEBRUARY 14, 1923 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



PAGE 13 



NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



TRAVEL PLASHES 



Canton, OMo 

fesirly five weeks ago, we left our home 
two "girls" and started for another 
ipaign for righteousness and life. For 
rly two years, we had been promising the 
iton Brethren that we would assist them 
I meeting and now the time had finally ar- 
id. Brother Vanator, the pastor, thought 
had "all things * * * ready" and we 
•ted it oft' with a good audience and fine 
ing. Canton has good representative peo- 
on her roll of members and had there 
a more men folks, we would have thought 
■e of the opportunity. But every fcSunday, 
had confessions from the Hunuay school 
at the end of the third week, but few 
wn people. But young people are not to ■ 
deprecated; when we add them to the 
rch, we add future preachers and deacons 
dollars, and many years. The rejoicing 
the grown folks is that of meeting equals 
winning them. That joy was to be re- 
^ed to the last night. It "was a hard, try- 
fight with many odds against us. But 
f were praying and working and icy 
lets — we had tnem every night for the en- 
meeting — and eight -hour shifts in the 
Is that kept the men out about two-thirds 
;he time, did not prevent the Word of th« 
;hty God from domg its work. 
'he last night of the meeting is one that 
I long be remembered in my long elxperi- 
e: even that night, we had to just pull 
m out, but when it was aU over, that Bun- 
■ evening, we had eleven men and two 
nen at t'he front, and two more men prom- 
L for within two weeks. It was just the 
d of an ending that meeting needed and 
t kind of a victory that the Canton church 
to have, sooner or later — thank God it 
le soon as it did. They thought of enlarg- 
their church for Sunday school purposei 
now, we hope they wiU BUILD ANEW! 
sy can. Vajiator is loved by his people 
they are working in harmony and we 
ht to hear fine things from now on, from 
iton. They have a wonderful field and 
. "occupy," I am sure. Brother and Sis- 
J. J. Hang were our good host and hos- 
_j and many were the chickens that died 
ause of us while there in many homes. We 
fine fellowship with Brothers Eikenberry 
Alviu Byers and also a visit from E. For- 
Byers who is soon to begin a pastorate at 
.sville. Vanator can tell the remainder 
;he story. 

Going East 

leing so near Pennsylvania, I arranged a 
. eastward, after this meeting, mainly 
ing the Churches of the Brethren in and 
d Philadelphia. 

PhilaidelpMa 
_ t'he Green Tree and Coventry churches 
_the Brethren where I had held meetings 
"former years, I was received with all the 
fkemal warmth of true brotherhood. My 
nssage was given in about the usual tone, 
al I am glad to state that splendid audi- 
e es and offerings were the order of the day. 
^'ae could have told whether he was in one 
c'Arch or the other by my reception. I was 
gid to be able to help them to think of the 
nitual advantages to each of us by a WOEK- 
la AGREEMENT. 

Not Union 

Jnion, organic or conference, is not so 
n r. A working agreement ought soon to 
bipossible. There is much sentiment in both 
cirehes that urges that soon, the Church of 
t Brethren will appoint a Committee to 'help 
t'lwork out such an agreement. This is what 



our Movement pledges and has to a great de- 
gree, accelerated. "" 
AUento-wir 

Our offer to return to this church was based 
on the fact that our engagement there, last 
summer, had been "queered." So, when we 
wi'ote Pastor Kolb that we could give him 
Friday evening, he wired me in return that 
t'hey were celebrating the 42nd birthday of 
Christian Endeavor in a county-wide jubilee 
where he is county president, and that he 
could get me on that program as the speaker 
of the evening. Ho did and I did. I gave 
the usual Bicentenary Message and it was re- 
ceived with wonderful enthusiasm and I was 
solicited to bring it back soon, to a wider 
hearing. Here I met Mrs. A. E. Thomas and 
was entertained in her mother 's and father 's 
home to my delight and joy. '"Tuul^ in" for 
good reports from AUentown. 

Back to Plriladelphia 

The engagement that made all this trip pos- 
sible was as supply for the First Church of 
the Brethren where I had been pastor in 1907- 
1910. Their pastor is on an exploration trip 
in Africa and thcy were supplying, and gave 
me the first Sunday in Februaiy. It was a 
great delight to again be welcomed to the 
pulpit where thirteen years before, I had been 
dismissed without the formality of a farewell 
sermon, my crime being that I had ' ' gone 
Progressive." So had I and so have they. 
One of the newest things in that church is a 
fine pipe organ. I was royally received and 
carried away the largest f reo-will offering ever 
given for the Bicentenary Message! They 
promise to broadcast it if I will return again. 
Yet, some of the Brethren churches (Progres- 
sive) have not yet 'heard the message or asked 
for it and some even refuse it. Well, who 
are our brethren and when are THEY 
BRETHREN? "They who hear the will of 
God and do it," answers Jesus. More anon. 
CHARLES A. BAME. 



CANTON, OHIO 

So much has been doing at Canton that we 
have had very little time to devote to report- 
ing the work here to the readers of the Evan- 
gelist. But now we are pausing in the midst 
of equally as much activity to tell the won- 
derful progress that has been made. 

Of course t'he keynote tof this report is to 
be the result of our recent evangelistic effort 
with Dr. Bame in the pulpit. Over a year 
ago we made arrangements with Brother 
Bame to conduct this meeting. Dates were 
set for the month of February. We were 
working to this end and were aiming to have 
a full month of pre-revival effort during Jan- 
nary. But suddenly word came to us that 
because of some conflicting circumstances Dr. 
Bame would Uke to come to us beginning Jan- 
uary 7th. We were then in the midst of our 
preparations for our Christmas White Gift 
Service. With a prayer that all would be well 
we told him we would try to be ready for 
him. And how fertile the field and how fer- 
vent the effort is shown by the net results. 

But before we go into details of these .ser- 
vices, let us begin back in early November. 
Plans were made and carried out for a Home 
Coming and Anniversary of the dedication of 
the church. Thirteen years had elapsed since 
this momentous service. We were indeed for- 
tunate in being able to secure for this week- 
end a Gospel Team from the CoUege. It con- 
sisted of Messrs. Pfleiderer (as captain), 
Mayes, Ullom, and our own beloved Leslie 
Lindower. The effect of the five services held 
by these consecrated boys cannot be mea- 
sured. We are ready to concede that the re- 



vival began right there. While no definite 
confessions were made, yet there remained a 
spirit in the church after they were com- 
pelled to return to Ashland, that bespoke of 
a new Christian experience in many lives. Too 
much cannot be said in commendation of t'he 
work of tnese Gospel Teams. 

Then came our Christmas effort. I would 
be loath to call it an entertainment. We were 
not in a mood to entertain. It had as its 
sole aim to bring again to the people who 
assembled the story of the birth of our Lord 
and Savior Jesus Christ. Very beautifully it 
was portrayed. The shepherds watched; the 
angels sang; the wise men broug'ht their gifts; 
men and women, boys and girls, laid their 
gifts at the foot of the cross through the gift 
bearers; the candle of substance was lighted. 
Came the superintendent of the Sunday school 
to present anew the gifts of service that had 
been made through the year. (We 'had had 
four definite consecrations to life work dur- 
ing the year, one of which is Leslie Lindower, 
now preparing for the ministry in Ashland 
College). It was no vain lighting when the 
torch was applied to the candle of Service. 
Last of all came the pastor to call for conse- 
crations of Self. As we waited in silence be- 
fore the Lord, softly the strains of that beau- 
tiful old song arose: "Take My Life and Let 
It Be, Consecrated Lord to Thee." Out from 
t'he audience came an answer to the call and 
one young man stepped forward to identify 
himself with the work of the Master. It was 
with true joy in our hearts that we were able 
to say, ' ' Let the candle of Self be lighted. ' ' 
The net results of that service were, — $82.03 
for the White Gift offering; the remembrance 
of four life work recruits and one soul mak- 
ing confession of his Savior. 

It was truly the beginning of the revival 
effort. Two weeks from that day Dr. Bame 
came. A large prayer list was in our 'hands. 
Handicapped as we were by the icy condition 
of the sidewalks and street car service which 
at the best is very poor, the work went on. 
Only two nights before the final Sunday were 
we able to present a full house to the- evange- 
list. But the opirit was at work. Fervent 
prayer was made for those who knew not 
Christ. And O, how the Devil did work to 
counteract the results. How he Whispered in 
the ears of those who should accept that there 
was plenty of time. Boys and girls of the 
Sunday school were more easily reached than 
men and women, and it appeared for a time 
as if we must content ourselves with a har- 
vest of young and tender fruit. At the close 
of the final Sunday morning service the net 
result was, One man; three young men; two 
young ladies; and t'hirty-two boys and girls, a 
number of whom will not be permitted to 
unite with the church because of parental ob- 
jection, and because of their ages which range 
as low as five years. But we earnestly prayed 
that the Spirit might be in the meeting that 
night with power and he was. The devil was 
completely whipped that night and when the 
smoke of battle cleared away the confessions 
of eleven fine stalwart men and two mothers 
were taken. The total confessions taken were 
fifty-one in this series of meetings. Of this 
number twenty have been received into the 
church by baptism; one by relation; and one 
reclaimed for service; while a number remain 
to be baptized, sickness being the main cause 
of delay. 

We wish to express our appreciation of the 
work done by Dr. Bame while in our midst. 
It was indeed a pleasure to work with him. 
To one who is young in the ministry his great 
experience was of very material assistance. 
His sermons drove straight at the root of the 
sin in the lives of men. He preached without 
fear or favor and God blessed his efforts. But 



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FEBRUARY 14, 1923 



again it was a. ease such as spoken of by Paul 
wnen he said: "I planted; ApoUos watered; 
but God givetli the increase. ' ' Only we would 
say: ""Vanator planted; Bame watered; but 
LioD GAVE THE INCEEASE." Praise 
HIW Name! 

But we are not through. As we began to 
gathfcr up the loose ends during the weeli that 
toUowed the close of the nieeimgs we found 
that the end was not yet. On 'i'nursday af- 
ternoon we had the privilege of baptizing 
threo, a man and two womeUj who had not 
made the confession during the meetings. 
Then at the reguiai' baptismal services on 
Thursday nig'ht still another confession and 
baptism were made. Another man. Eriday 
nignt another man was baptized who had not 
come out. And Hunaay nignt when the invi- 
tation was extended another mother gave her- 
self to Christ. This means that we have an 
additional six to report as having made the 
good confession. Tnis together with another 
who came on Sunday nignt by relation brings 
our grand total to fifty-eight. Not only that 
but we have the promise of more to follow. 
Again we say wiih all the fulness of our be- 
ing PEAISE GOD! 

But with it all there falls a grave respou- 
sibiliiy, not only upon the pastor but upon 
the entire Canton church. Brethren, pray 
that we may be kept humble before him to 
whom every knee must bow, and every tongue 
confess that Jesus is Christ to the Glory of 
God. 

FRED 'C. VANATOE, Pastor. 

1946 ith St., S. E. 



SECOND CHURCH, JOHNSTOWN 

Mr. Editor: 

I can not remember when the last report of 
the Second church of Johnstown appeared in 
The Evangelist. However we have 'had a won- 
derful eixperience recently and feel justified 
in asking for space in OUE PAPEE to tel] 
the good news. 

We invited Eev. A. E. Thomas, under God, 
to revive this work. Brother Thomas unhes- 
itatingly came and by his faithful and fear- 
less presentation of the truth; by his congen- 
ial, sympa^netic disposition soon won his way 
into the hearts of this people, and like a loyal 
servant and true soldier 'he led hiS captives 
to his CAPTAIN whose bond-servants we are. 

Eev. Thomas succeeded in doing a work at 
Moxham that will stand the test of time and 
perhaps was never duplicated. The number 
of confessions is by no means indicative of the 
victory. The zeal and enthusiasm of the 
membership is marvelous. 

There is not a single evidence of rancor or 
vindictiveness as an aftermath of the cam- 
paign, and the entire community voices a 
' ' Gome again, Thomas. ' ' 

H. W. NOWAG. 

Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 



JOHNSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA 
Hitting the Trail 

Our meeting at the Second church of 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is now history. To 
tell of the joys we had in the three weeks 
here would fill a book. Every minute was 
filled with delig'ht. 

First, we made our stopping place with 
mother and sister, besides having the company 
of our only brother who lives in the city. 
This alone gives an evangelist peculiar de- 
light and joy. 

Then, Second, I had the pleasure of work- 
ing with Brother Nowag, my friend of many 
years. To know him and his family is to love 
them. They are both strong for the funda- 
mental teachings of the faith which we all 
so dearly love, and Brother Nowag has a gift 
of knowing how to expound the Truth. 

Third, we had the pleasure of preaching to 
boyhood friends and old associates. Their 
friendships grow more sacred as the years 
come and go. And my, how they did rally 



to the work! The Welsh people came and 
sang the Gospel with telling force and efEeet. 
The pastor of my late lamented father, and 
many other of his friends as well as mine 
from all the churches favored us with their 
presence and help. 

Fourth, it was a pleasure and a joy to meet 
with this little band in the outskirts of Jo'hus- 
town. Their struggles for many years have 
been many. A less determined people would 
have given up long before, but not they. The 
church here has its great problems. They are 
very hard to surmount. But, if determina- 
tion and devotion will do it, they will win. 

As to the meeting itself, besides the out- 
side help mentioned a word of praise must 
be given to Brother Joe Byers and his good 
wife who led the music and presided at the 
piano during the entire series. Ably assisted 
by a choir, many of whom were of the Church 
of the Brethren the music was certainly a 
great feature that attracted attention. Broth- 
er Ashman, Johnstown 's busy pastor, and 
Brother Wood of the Third church, in spite 
of the fact that they are both busy in build> 
ing new churches, came a few nights and 
gave us encouragement. Our own conclusion 
is, that the meeting was a blessing to the 
church and the community — Because of a 
great need we felt that the stressing of the 
fundamentals of Christianity was to be our 
work here, we did so. There were nine in all 
who made confession, five on the last even- 
ing. May God bless the Second church and 
her people. 

We are now in Vinco with Brother Byers. 
After that, due to cancellations we have open 
dates March and April. 

We wish to be used any place, anywhere, 
our own church preferred. 

May God bless us alh 

A. E. THOMAS, 
Welsh Evangelist. . 



NEWS FKOM GRATIS, OHIO 

Having been some time since a report has 
been sent from Gratis we decided it was time 
to get busy. We appreciate reports from 
other congregations and presume likewise 
some enjoy our reports. Likely the first thing 
that we should mention is the Ohio State 
Conference which convened 'here during the 
last week in October. Although being an old 
and established congregation we understand 
this was the first State Conference enter- 
tained here. We were somewhat handicapped 
by being an inland town but cars were read- 
ily available to transfer all the delegates to 
and from our village. Many folks also came 
in their own conveyances. The crowds were 
good and interest manifested was splendid. 
The sermons and addresses were fine and rang 
true to Brethren fundamentals. We know 
that the home c'hurch was blessed, helped and 
strengthened even though it came at a busy 
time for some of our faithful members to 
attend. We know that the district and broth- 
erhood will be benefited in the days that are 
to come by the splendid conference that con- 
vened here. The ladies of the c'hurch did 
their part nobly and are to be commended. 
Many w^ere the kind remarks we heard made 
concerning the meals which they provided and 
also concerning their hospitality in the homes. 
Manj' have expressed to me their willingness 
to care for the conference again when it 
comes their turn. 

Next we must mention our meeting which 
was held over the Christmas season. Brother 
Martin Shively was our leader in this cam- 
paign and a strong leader he is. He preached 
mighty fine sermons night after night which 
rang true to the old Book, and to "the faith 
of our fathers living still." The congrega- 
tions gained steadily in attendance night after 
night and increased until the end of the meet- 
ing. The visible result of the meeting was 
fourteen confessions. We trust that the 
church has been cemented together more close- 



ly in the ties of Christian fellowship ai 
that they have been strengthened to rend 
a more effectual and eificieut service in tl 
work of their Lord and Master in the luttu 
We were glad for the opportunity to get bt 
ter acquainted with Brother Shively and 1 
good wife who have so nobly given most > 
the days of their earthly life in such efficieil 
service for the Brethren church and thel 
Lord. May the Lord shield them and prote 
them and give them health that many y 
may be the days in which they can labor t 
gether for him. 

We as a church and pastor are trying 
keep step with the Bicentenary Progi'ai 
May the Lord bless Brother Bame as he d 
rects this program and tries to lead the churc 
on to greater things. When it comes tin, 
for a special sermon we preach it. When it 
time to take an offering for some designatt 
work we take it. No, we do not always reai 
the goal, but we try. It is not only the b: 
things which the Lord accepts and uses. M' 
will be blessed for our faithfulness and co: 
demned for our faithlessness. I cannot c 
everything, but some things I can do. Evi 
though sometimes I fail, I want the Lord i 
recognize me as one who made an attempt 
reach the goal. 

Our relation here as pastor will draw to 
close some time in the near future. We pra 
that the rig'ht man may be found to acce] 
the work here, and that we will locate som 
where in the Lord's vineyard where he won), 
have us work. May the Lord richly bless ac 
prosper his work and workers everywhere. 

EOY BEUMBAUGH, Pastor. 



NEED or A NEW CHURCH BUILDING 
AT WASHINGTON, D. C. i 

Having read Brother Gillin's 'article on tl' 
above subject in a recent issue of The Evai' 
geUst, I wish to add my own view. Ever sin( 
I have been connected with Brother Lyon| 
church I have been convinced that with til 
earnest, spirit-filled flock he with their he] 
has been able to gather, that the membershi' 
would grow immensely if we had a model' 
c'hurch building, instead of the antiquatt; 
building we have, which at this time of tl 
year owing to the heating system, is a mej[ 
ace even to health. I am sure I am not e:' 
aggerating in saying that the negroes her, 
as a rule, have church buildings that are fsj 
superior to ours. This is 'however not a r 
proach to our people, as the membership do(| 
not contain any wealthy members, nor aj! 
they niggardly in their gifts; quite the cojI 
trary, as their records will show. Washinj; 
ton being not only the seat of our goveri 
ment, but becoming more and more the Coj 
vontion City for the whole nation, for a 
manner of conferences on all subjects in tl 
fields not only of politics, but also those thing 
that pertain to the spiritual side of mar' 
practically all of the leading denominatior 
have, what they call a Eepresentative churc 
here, mainly I suppose, for the purpose of of 
setting the powerful influence wielded by th 
Church of Eome whose various institutions ai 
beginning to cover all sections of the citj 
But it is not for that reason that I advocat 
a larger building, or a Eepresentative ehurcl 
for I do not believe in "keeping up wit 
the Jones, ' ' nor is it because of my fear o 
the Eoman church, for her iniquities ai 
known to most men. But it is because I fe< 
that at present the true church of God, th 
church that C'hrist laid down his life to es 
tablish, is in greater danger today in th 
house of his supposed friends — the heretics 
teachers who fill the pulpits of so many of ou 
so-called Protestant churches, ' ' Who as wolve 
in sheep's clothing" are destroying the shee 
under their care. 

I believe that there are large numbers o 
earnest Christians in every town and cit 
(surely there are some to be found in ever 



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lurch wliere these false prophets are) whose 
■arts ai'e crying out for the real Bread of 
ife whose souls are starving because of the 
,ok thereof. And I believe that there are a 
iimber of these right here who would gladly 
;in us, if they only knew of the kind of 
riritual food Brother Lyoji so ably gives hJs 
jck at every service. I thank God with all 
y heart that about six months lago, when I 
as heartsick and wearied on account of the 
jiritual Ci) food being served in so many 
lurches where the burden of so m'any ser- 
ons was the glorification of war, or the ad- 
jcacy of social reforms which were to be ac- 
linipUshed mainly by compromising with the 
lorld, that I was divinely led — of this I have 
l)t the slightest doubt — to make a full sur- 
mder, be immersed and join Brother Lyon's 
'mrch, whose only theme is ' ' Christ and him 
ucified. " Just previous to this I was in 
ji'ooklyn and while in conversation with three 
[fEerent sincere Christians, at different times, 
|1 strangers to me, each one expressed himself 
I the etfect that the various leading Protes- 
,nt denominations were so honeycombed 
ith error that it seemed as thoug'h the true 
aristians in these various bodies would be 
irced to come out and probably unite into a 
jparate body. I cite my own experience and 
lese last expressions to substantiate my rec- 
nmendation that not only has our local 
lurch a real mission here that could be won- 
ijrfuUy helped by a modern church building, 
it that our denomination as a whole (that 
as long as it preac'hes the old Gospel) has 
peculiar mission in those days of the great 
postasy, that she should no longer "hide her 
jht under a bushel" but that she should 
im her lamps so that the light of the Gospel 
.e preaches may shine throughout the whole 
orld, and that we may especially provide a 
iven for those who ' ' like Sheep without a 
lepherd" have no place to go. Personally I 
lel as Brother Gillin does that ' ' it would be 
fine investment for the general brotherhood 
invest a considerable sum in the building 
a church in Washington. ' ' 
I wish to repeat again that the members 
: our church though mostly in very modest 
rcumstances, not one of them rich in this 
orld's goods, are generous givers, and can 
s counted xipon to give until it hurts, yet at 
le same time it is unquestionably true that if 
ley are forced to build a suitable building 
ithout outside help it will burden them to 
kch an extent that it would prove a deter- 
nt, I believe, to many who might otherwise 
in us. 

I cannot close this article without thanking 
ir heavenly Father, and congratulating the 
cal church here, and the brotherhood at 
,rge in having such 'an earnest, devout and 
jle man as Brother Lyon to represent them 
sre, for not only is he an able and forceful 
)eaker, preaching with a vim and vigor that 
ould do credit to a man half his age, but 
3st of all he is "a true shepherd, not a 
ireling, " but willing also like his Master if 
3ed be, ' ' to lay down his life for his sheep ' ' 
I loving, unselfish service, not only for their 
)irituial welfare, but also in his efforts to 
nulate his Master in helping to bear and 
ghten the burden of each individual member 
I their temporal needs and trials. 

H. Ph. EEISINGEE, 
Washington, D. C. 



MULVANE, KANSAS 

By the generous attitude of the Hamlin 
b.urch we were permitted to go to this far- 
way church in southern Kansas. I say far 
way because it is so far from other Brethren 
burches. But there is a band of faithful 
rethren down there, though they had discon- 
nued services for two or three years. Brother 
. F. Howell came to them from McLouth, 
Kansas and held them a meeting about a year 
'go, revived the work and received a number 
ito the church. They then bought a good 



piece of property and have built a, parsonage 
on it, and 'having a pastor on the field they 
will, with proper co-operation, become a 
strong, self-supporting church m a short time. 
We found a group of splendid people and en- 
joyed every minute of our stay and think our 
work among them will encourage and 
strengthen them as there were six men, the 
heads of families, among those who were bap- 
tized, one man seventy-five who had never 
made a confession. 

Our home was with Brother Howell most of 
the time and a very hospitable one it is. 
The Pellars ' home was another stopping place 
and a real home indeed. These old people 
took me to the station and stayed till the last 
minute to see me off and it was almost 12 
'clock. I shall never forget the kindnesses 
of all the folks down there ana pray that God 
may prosper them in the increase of the work. 
There is much work to be done in that field. 
This is where our w-ell known Brother L. G. 
Wood spent •& number of years of his minis- 
try and is held in high esteem in the mem- 
ories of the folks. May the pastor be blessed 
of God in leading on to victory in this work 
is our earnest prayer. In his Name, 

CLAUD bi'UDEBAKEK, 

Hamlin, Kansas. 



CALVARY, NEW JERSEY 

Believing the reader of The Evangelist will 
be glad to hear from the little Brethren band 
at Calvary, New Jersey, we are attempting to 
give a report of the work. Though small in 
number we have some interesting things to 
report. God has indeed blessed us in so many 
wonderful ways. Being without a resident 
pastor since Brother M. L. Sands left us near- 
ly three years ago our pulpit has been filled 
every Sunday. 

We do indeed praise the Lord for the way 
he has taken care of this work. The Lord's 
Day after Eev. Sands preached his farewell 
sermon. Brother Orville D. Jobson of the 
Philadelphia School of the Bible preached for 
us and very ably filled the pulpit for eleven 
short months before God called him to a 
greater work in that darkened land of Africa. 
We have many pleasant memories of his so- 
journ with us. Brother Jobson endeared him- 
self to all while he labored here and we praise 
God that he thought it worth while to send 
him to us before calling him to the mission 
field. 

As soon as Brother Jobson closed 'his work 
with us Brother "Eddie" Boardman was 
given a call as acting pastor while taking a 
special course at Princeton University before 
sailing for South America. Although the time 
Brother Boardman spent with us was short, 
nevertheless it was fruitful. During the time 
he was pastor. Brother C. E. Kolb of Allen- 
town held us an evangelistic meeting. Board- 
man and Kolb made a good team and as a 
result of this meeting six members were 
added to the Church, all fine young people, 
two heads of families, all proving faithful to 
the work. Since Brother Boardman closed 
his work here last May, the pulpit has been 
fiUed by Brother Earl Detsch and Brother Wni. 
Steffler of Philadelphia. Brother Steffler, who 
is a student of the National Bible Institute of 
Philadelphia, and will graduate in February, 
has promised to take care of the work until a 
resident pastor can be secured. Brother Stef- 
fler is a fine young man, one of God's chosen 
ones who knows his Bible and believes and 
preaches the whole Gospel. At the present 
time he is giving us a series of sermons on 
the "Second coming of Christ." He also 
takes special interest in the children, giving 
them illustrated talks quite frequently. Some 
weeks ago he gave them a very impressive 
sermon on the "Two Hearts," after which 
the invitation was given. When "Let Jesus 
come into your heart ' ' was sung four precious 



young lives were surrendered to God. All 
four were from the bunday school. 

Dr. Gribble favored us with a visit just be- 
fore sailing for Africa. Her time being lim- 
ited she was unable to visit the Sergeantsville 
churc'h and a delegation came from there to 
hear her message. No one could listen to 
Sister Gribble 's inspiring address from 1 Cor. 
Iti: 9, "For a great door and effectual is 
opened unto me and there are many adver- 
saries ' ' without having a greater zeal for 
missionary work. We could see beyond the 
hardships, and dangers and limitations and 
could hear the voices and see the outstretched 
hands of the millions that have never heard 
the Gospel. Would we be truly his if we did 
not answer? Oh, tha't we might know the 
blessedness of service! Personally we feel re- 
paid for all we have ever done for missions 
to be able to entertain in our home and have 
fellowship with one of our returned mission- 
aries. 

At the Friday night prayer service follow- 
ing Dr. Gribble 's message one of our bright 
young men whom we had been pi-aying for, 
volunteered for Africa and is now taking a 
course at the Philadelphia School of the Bible, 
after which he will attend college to better 
prepare himself for the great work to which 
God has called him. We feel justly proud to 
be able to say we have two former pastors 
on the mission field and one of our own boys 
preparing for that work. 

At Christmas time we observed the White 
Gift service for the first time. "The Adora- 
tion Pageant ' ' was given by the school, the 
participants each rendering their parts well. 
An offering from each class was presented at 
the manger. It was a. very impressive and 
spiritual service, a part of the offering was 
sent to the White Gift and part to the Near 
East Relief. The annual all day business 
meeting held on Jauuarv 13th was a pleasant 
occasion'; dinner was served at noon, after 
which the business session was held. Plans 
were laid for the work of the year ahead, 
among which wiU be an evangelistic cam- 
paign for the spring and some needed repairs 
for our church building. We are hoping to 
see much good done during the year. All the 
goals of the Bicentenary Movement have been 
reached by our little church. 

Our cottage prayer meetings are keeping up 
well, both in attendance and interest. The 
W. M. S. is also doing good work, holding 
their devotional meetings and Mission Study 
class each month. However, the sun does not 
always shine, shadows fall across our path 
sometimes; since our last report we have lost 
one dear sister by death, one by letter and a 
few by indifference, which resulted by losing 
their hold on Christ. 

Being a rural church we are almost stormed 
out sometimes during the winter, but with 
only a few present we enjoy a blessed prayer 
service and Bible study. Not having a resi- 
dent pastor it necessitates some of our mem- 
bers driving a distance of thirty-five miles 
every Lord's day for the preacher and to the 
station after service. 

Hoping the Editor will pardon the space 
this lengthy report is taking in the Evan- 
gelist. Pray for us that we may put on the 
whole armor of God, and press forward to the 
mark of the high calling of God in Christ 
Jesus. 

MR. AND MRS. S. F. WEBER. 

Pittstown, New Jersey, R. D. 1. 



Do all the good you can, 
By all the means you can, 
In all the ways you can, 
In all the places you can. 
At all the times you can, 
To all the people you can. 
As long as ever you can. 

— John Wesley. 



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FEBRUARY 14, 1923 



MULVANE, KANSAS 
After some delay we will try and give a 
brief report of the work at this place. Our 
delay in writing is no sign that we have been 
loaiing on the job, for we have been very 
busy every day since we were called to the 
work. We have been building and rebuild- 
ing — building a new parsonage and rebuilding 
an organization, which is no little task. But 
thanks be unto God, for his guidance and 
help which makes possible great things for 
his people when they will to do his will. 

When God said to the children of Israel, 
Go forward, it took a deal of courage to go 
yet to go back meant disaster and death. To 
go forward meant to trust God and rely upon 
his word, which always has meant victory. 

We came to this field less than a year ago, 
and as it were the dry bones began to rattle 
and took on new life, and the church contin- 
ues to go forward. 

The church house has been repaired and re- 
decorated and is in first class condition. The 
parsonage is near completion and wiU be 
painted as soon as spring opens up. 

Our church and Sunday school attendance 
is from fifty to seventy-five. Our Christian 
Endeavor is doing flue work, considering its 
youth and general surroundings. 

On January the second we began our re- 
vival campaign with Brother Claud Stude- 
bakcr, of Hamlin, as evangelist. With the 
wonderful success last winter it was hardly 
expected by some that we would meet with 
success again so soon, but we must say that 
the Gospel of Christ has proven to be the 
power of God unto salvation. Studebaker is 
the first evangelist that I have ever met w'ho 
brought such strong doctrinal sermons from 
first to last in a revival effort, but believe 
me, the people came out to hear and learn, 
especially on the night he presented the won- 
derful sermon on baptism. The house was 
crowded to overflowing. There was good at- 
tendance all through the three weeks of the 
meeting. 

The results of the meeting were six men, 
heads of families, the oldest being seventy- 
five years of age, also one young man who is 
contemplating entering the ministry, and four 
promising young girls. 

I must say if you are in need of an evan- 
gelist, and want one who preaches the Bible, 
Studebaker is the man. 

When the Brethren church wakes up to Che 
fact that the Mid-West District is ready for 
the Gospel truths, and puts a man like Broth- 
er Studebaker, in the field as evangelist^ then 
they will realize that the church is growing. 
Without flattery to our worthy brother, or 
partiality to the West, we are persuaded of 
this fact. 

The Bethel congregation wishes to thank 
the Hamlin church for the loan of their pas- 
tor, and prays God's richest blessings on both 
pastor and people. 

One of the deacons tells us that the Bethel 
church is on a firmer footing and has a bright- 
er future than she has ever seen. I am sure 
that eternity only can tell the great good ac- 
complished during the three weeks just past. 
It has been less than eleven months since 
we first came on the field and we have had 
the blessed privilege of baptizing twenty-five, 
with prospects good tor others soon. 

On Tuesday night after t'he meeting closed 
the good people of the church remembered 
their pastor and family by giving them a sur- 
prise, when they crowded the parsonage to its 
capacity, and at the same time brought grocer- 
ies and other good things to the amount of 
twenty-five dollars. For this words are inade- 
duate to express the gratitude of our hearts. 
On February t'he twenty-eighth we are con- 
templating celebrating the thirty-ninth anni- 
versary of the organization of this church. We 
are expecting Brother Albert Whitted of Mor- 
rill, Kansas, to be with us and do the preach- 
ing. 

We trust that this report will find its way 



to true Brethren hearts who wiU ever remem- 
ber our efforts at the throne of grace. 

The writer has time granted by the church 
to hold a meeting elsewhere this year, and if 
there is a church or people who desire our 
assistance, write us at once. 

■I'HOS. F. HOWELL, Pastor. 
Miilvane, Kansas. 



BRETHEEN, MICHIGAJST 

Dear Brethren: 

Probably it will be of some interest to you 
to know where Brethren is and how it got its 
name. Well, it is north of Grand Eapids, 
probably one hundred miles or more, located 
on the P. & M. railroad. Several years ago 
the Church of the Brethren brought quite a 
colony of Brethren in here to locate, and 
build up the country, and a church of their 
own faith. They named the town Brethren. 
They are to be commended for the good work 
they have done.. While we are isolated from 
the Brethren church, we are no isolated from 
Christian assoonates, we find a good home 
among them. They are as warm-hearted a 
people as you will find anywhere. I must 
speak a good word for the young people of 
this place. I do not believe I have ever met 
a more honorable and courteous class of young 
people anywhere than right here. Their pas- 
tor is a talented man and a man of char- 
acter. At present he is teaching the high 
school at Kaleva, 5 miles north of here. He 
deserves a great deal of credit for the good 
that he has contributed to this community. 
Many of the young people who have gained 
a 'higher position in life very largely owe 
their advancement to him. While there may 
be some little differences between us and them 
yet we are Brethren, and I pray that the time 
will come when we can tear down these walls 
of differences and be one body of believers 
in Christ Jesus and work to the hoiior and 
glory of God by the same name. 

While we are isolated from the Brethren, 
the c'hureh that we love so well and hope some 
day that we can be with them again, yet by 
taking the Evangelist we can keep in touch 
with the doings of the church everywhere and 
we are glad for the good news that it brings 
to us. May the Lord richly bless the Breth- 
ren c'hureh everywhere, is our prayer. 

ME. and MES. J. B. BEOWEE. 



WIIiUAMSTOWN, OHIO 

It has been some time since there has been 
any report from WilUamstown, but neverthe- 
less we have been doing great things for the 
Master. 

Eev. B. F. Owen began serving here as stu- 
dent pastor July 15th, 1921, serving our church 
on half-time for one year. The church deemed 
it advisable to call Brother Owen on full time 
soon as graduating from college, and Brother 
Owen moved here and started on the field full 
time July 15th. 

WilUamstown has always been considered 
a back number but we as a people think we 
have achieved something. We never thought 
we could afford a man on full time on the 
field until we tried. Our budget used to be 
around $500. Now our budget is around $2200 
and the writer wishes to advise the brother- 
hood it is easier to raise $2000. than $500. 

Since Brother Owen has been on the field 
he has held two revival meetings, and with 
the help of God the foundations of old Satan 
were certainly jarred loose. People came as 
they never came before for miles around. 
They were all hungry for the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ. In the two meetings there were 20 
additions to the church, two of this number 
being members of the 'Catholic church, one a 
member of the German Lutheran, aU which 
are now very active in the Masters' cause. 

Sister Owen was a big help in these meet- 
ings and is entitled to much credit in help- 
ing with the singing during these revivals. 



Good singing is what helps to put life in 
revival and many a soul has been sung ir 
the Kingdom of heaven this way. The spi: 
being so high in this community that the pi 
tor has been called to help in other chu:reh. 
A Methodist church in the town of Arlii 
ton has demanded his services in a revi\ 
campaign which is now in progress, aft 
which Brother Owen will begin another ca 
paign at WilUamstown, this being the requt 
of the community. 

On New Year's day we thought it advisat 
to have an all day fellowship and busine 
meeting. Plans were made for improvemen 
for our church. Sufficient funds were rais- 
to start our improvement of remodeling 
once, the work of which is already under co 
struction. 

We are aiming to make our church attra 
live so that people may respect our faith 
Jesus and enhance the cause of Brethrenisi 
We are not ashamed of our church, and fe 
sure that a large work can be done aroui 
Williamstoivn and community, and we a: 
aiming to do our best. This is just a begi: 
ning of what we think are some of the b 
things in store for our church, and we a: 
hoping by the next report to assure you thi 
WilliamstOAvn is on the map and to stay. Tl 
writer is proud of this report and may tl 
Lord bless us in his work. 

MELVIN WOODEUFF. 



CARD OF THANKS 



TO QUE SYMPATHIZING FRIENDS: 

Words cannot express our deep apprecii 
tion for the many expressions of sympath 
and condolence of Christian friends over tl 
brotherhood, in our sad bereavement. We cai 
not reply to all personally, but we cheris 
each and every one and assure you they wei 
as the Good Samaritan's oil upon wounde 
liearts. THE COVEE FAMILY. 



ANNOUNCEMENTS 



TO CHURCHES NEEDING- EVANGELISM 

Due to some cancellations we have ope 
dates, March and April. Write me at 74 
North South Street, AUentown, Pennsylvanit 
Terms — Free offerings and expenses. 

A. E. THOMAS. 

BRETHREN HOME OEFEEING 

All offerings for the new Brethren Hom' 
erected at Flora, Indiana, are to be sent ti 
the Secretary- Treasurer at the following ad 
dress: OEION E. BOWMAN, 

705 American Building, 
Dayton, Ohio. 

SUPERANNUATED MINISTEE'S FUND 
OEFERING 

The time for the ottering for the Superan 
nuated Ministers' Fund, authorized by Gen- 
eral Conference to be taken on Bicentenary 
Benevolence Day has arrived. The Day is 
February 25th. Of course it is Brethren Home 
Day also, but others are announcing that. The 
Brethren Home Board and the Superannu- 
ated Ministers' Board are working harmon- 
iously but they are two separate boards. Foi 
the Superannuated Ministers' Fund the offer- 
ings should be sent to the various state direc- 
tors, where there are such, and they -will for- 
ward them to H. E. Eoscoe, but where there 
are no state directors the offering should be 
sent directly to Mr. H. E. Bosooe, Goshen, In- 
diana. In Pennsylvania I will receive such 
offerings. Each district will know its repre- 
sentative. 

H. F. E. O'NEILL, President of Board. 



Prof. J. Allen L:iller,-~" t .^^ 
Grant Street, 16 » 

A inland, Ohio. 



Volume XLV 
Number 8 




- One-Is -YOUR-i^ASTER-AND-All-YE-ARE-teETJiREN- 






The New Brethren Church 
at Portis, Kansas 

Reconstructed and enlarged after the old structure 
had been nearly destroyed by fire last June. 

Dedicated December 17, 1922, the pastor. Brother 
W. R. Deeter, oflBciating. 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



Is It a Question of Theology or Ethics? — A. J. MeClain, 

Editorial Review, 

Shall We Lose Our Sabbath?— H. M. Oberholtzer, 

Going to College — E. E. Jacobs, 

The Spirit 's Witness with Our Spirit — Samuel Kiehl, . . . . 

What He Saw in the Near East — C. V. Vickrey, 

Laymen Make Suggestions — G. C. Carpenter, 

The Fount of True Eighteousness — L. A. Myers, 

My Bible and I, 

The Church— 0. E. Johnson, 



Jesus Tea,ching in the Temple — Geo. S. Baer, 

Importance of Dependable S. S. Teachers — H. E. Price, 

White Gift Report— L D. Blotter, 

Order of Service — Nora B. Davis, 

Winona Bible School, 

New Day of Home Missions — E. W. Keeler, 

News from the Field, ■ 13- 

Announcements, 

Business Manager 's Corner, 



EDITORIAL 



Is It A Question Of Theology Or Ethics? By Aiva j. Mcciain 






Only a few weeks ago an Episcopalian Eector of New York 
City managed to secure for himself a "place in the sun" by making 
certain public statements which, taken at their face, appeared to 
call in question the doctrine of the Deity of Christ. Of course his 
name was at once emblazoned in newspaper headlines throughout the 
country. Belief has little newls valua It must be unbelief to be 
"news." The Rector's utterances' were at oncol challenged by his 
Bishop who, it seems, is still old-fashioned enough to believe there is 
at least one truth without which it is impossible to have a Christian 
church, namely, the belief that Jesus is God. In effect, the Bishop's 
challenge was this: If the Eector does not believe in the Deity of 
Christ, let him put his declaration of unfaith in words which can- 
not be construed two ways in Delphic fashion, and the Bishop will 
see to it that he shall have an opportunity to air his views before 
an official body of the church. To the spectators it began to look 
like the preliminaries to a bitter heresy trial. But the Eector, like 
many of his kind, evidently with an eye on his bread and butter, has 
thus far declined to cast his unbelief into unmistakable language. 
There, for the present, the matter rests, with the honors slightly in 
favor of the Bishop, it being the Rector's me^ct move. 

The incident has provoked a great deal of comment and con- 
troversy, with some supporting the Bishop and others defending" the 
Rector. Among the latter are some of the prominent Jewish Eabbis 
who seem to recognize in him a kindred spirit. The old cry arose 
that ecclesiastical authorities were moving to destroy and suppress 
the right of free thought and speech. At this pointy the Editor of 
the leading newspaper of Philadelphia took a hand in the discussion 
and contributed the most thoughtful comment upon the situation that 
we have yet seen. 

The Editor said tersely that the public was not interested in 
theological differences between churchmen nor in. heresy trials. The 
Rector certainly had a right to deny the Deity of 'Christ if he no 
longer believed it. But, he added, Jt was a different matter when 
he made his denial in the pulpit and livery of a church which held 
such belief as a fundamental tenet. In this ease, the whole affair 
was no longer merely a question of theology. It became a. question 
of ethics. And, the Editor pointed out, while the public is not in- 



terested in questions of theology, it is interested in a question i 
ethics. 

The Editor's viewpoint is unassailable. It is not a question i 
whether a man has a right to expreiss his unbelief. That is eveil 
man's inalienable right. But the real question is whether the ma 
has an ethical right to voice his unbelief within the walls of I 
Ghristian church. There is but one answer to this question. Tl 
trouble is that most of the preachers who have lost their Christi( 
theology seem to have at the same time lost their Christian ethic 
Of course this is not surprising to the thoughtful Christian. It on 
reveals the shallowness of those misled men who supposed they cou 
dispense with Christian faith and still have Christian conduct. ; 
they had listened to Paul, for whom they have so much eontemj 
they might have learned that "The righteous live by faith." 

Over and over again with tiresome repetition the charge hi 
been hurled that Christian churches and leaders possess the spirit (i 
the Dark Ages because they seek to keep the church pure from fal! 
doctrine and protect it from apostate teachers. In nearly every cas 
that charge has been a malicious falsehood. Its very utteran( 
reveals the unchristian ethics and disregard for truth in those wt 
make it. No true Christian has the slightest desire to curb freedo: 
of thought and speech in this country of ours. If a man does n( 
believe in the Inspiration of the Bible or the Detity of Chrjist, he hi 
a right to express his opinion. We may protest verbally, which : 
certainly our right as well as his, but we would not lift a finger 1 
suppress him. We do, however, insist that such a man has no mon 
or ethical right to express his heretical opinions within the walls c 
a church which is founded upon the Christian faiith. The man wl 
would do such a thing should be excommunicated on ethical groimd 
even if we could overlook his theological vagaries. 

It should not be forgotten that there is ethical heresy as we 
as thfiological heresy. In'fact the latter always leads to the forme 
given sufficien time. There is sound reason for the saying that ". 
denial of the Virgin Birth generally ends with a denial of the Virgi 
Life!" With all our advances in most departments of thought it i 
certainly true that theologically our age is superficial. Men wi 
should have known better seem to have lost s^ght of fundaments 



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lations. Having climbed to our present attainment in social ethics 
I the ladder of Christian Faith, the modern cult of New Theology 
acting like a naug'hty boy gleefully trying to kick the ladder 
)wn. The whole business would be a proper subject for some writer 
ith a flair for humor if it were not for the generations ahead. How 
'8 they to climb to ethical heights? Let some of the near-sighted 
ibelievers solve that problem for us before we tamely surrender to 
le destruction of the Faith tha put us where we are. And we have 
long way to go yet! 

The greatest need of the hour is for vision. The present gener- 
tion has been occupied too much with the microscope. That instru- 
.ent is useful but we need to use the telescope occasionally for 
ght views. We see only that "which is near" and have forgotten 
hat "is far off." We need to remember that theology is thinking 
1 centuries, not merely years. The roots of the present are far in 
le past, and the harvest of the present will not spring up next year. 
he Modernist, so-called, is like a child playing among his toys. He 
irows an article of the Christian faith out the window and cries. 
See, nothing happened! We're just as well off as before!" It is 
jcksure, snap-judgment of shallow thinking. Since they seem un- 
ble to read history the only way to teach such, a generation any- 
ding will be to let them wait and see whether we are as well off as 
efore! The harvest may be slow (for which we thank God) but it is 
ire nevertheless. The only regret we have is that the men who 
3wed the seed will not be here to reap the har\'est. Perhaps Divine 
ustice will deal with them more sternly even than this. If so, it 
■ill be deserved. 

At the present time, the Protestant churches are suffering from 
boring from within" methods. Such methods are not merely un- 
hristian. They are dishonorable and unworthy of any man who pre- 
ends to possess any sort of morality, regardless of his theologiical 
lews. Whenever a man finds himself out of harmony with the fun- 
amentai tenets of his church, there is an honorable course. Let him 
lave the church. We could respect him at least for that even though 
.e became our foe. But to remain within, masking beneath the cloak 
f a spurious loyalty, to accept the money and support of the church 
rhile tearing at its foundations, is a course which belongs properly 
o a Bolshevik morality, despicable in the eyes of all honorable 
aen, whether Christion or not. 

ALVA J. McCLAIN, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 



EDITORIAL REVIEW 



Th: White Gifts are nearing the "goal." See Brother Blotter's 
■eport on page 11. 

Dr. Jacobs gives us another installment of "College News" 
rfidch will interest all friends of the College. 

Brother George T. Eonk stopped off at Ashland this week .ind 
ailed at the Publishing House. We appreciated his visit and shall 
De glad to have other Brethren call upon us. when possible to stop at 
Vshland. 

Word recently came to our office that Brother W. T. Lytle was 
jccupying the position of Reading Clerk in the House of Eepresen- 
;atives in the Indiana legislature, in addition to carrying his work 
IS pastor of two churches. 

We are in receipt of a post card from Brother E. M. Kiddle, pas- 
;or at Bryan, Ohio, inform^ing us of the closing of a successful re- 
rival on February 11, with thirteen confessions, and that a few more 
ire expected soon. Brother Kiddle did the preaching. 

W'e are in receipt of a neatly printed "weekly calendar" pub- 
lished in the interest of the Fort Scott, Kansas, Brethren church, by 
the "Live Wire" Sunday school class. Henry Fricker edits the 
leaflet and it is printed on a press owned by the pastor, Brother 
larles W. Kosh. 

The first congregational year book that has reached our office 
somes from Louisville, Ohio. In addition to the complete financial 
reports of the church and auxiliaries, it contains a message and pic- 
ture of the new pastor. Brother E. F. Byers, who is to be on the field 
Search 1. 



You will not fail to peruse the splendid report of the Business 
Manager on page 16. It shows that there are churches that appre- 
ciate the value of the Publishing House, and understand the impor- 
tance of supporting it with their gifts. Doubtless there are many 
more gifts yet to come in. 

Brother A. E. Whitted gives us an interesting report of the worli 
at Morrill, Kansas, where he is entering upon his fifth year as pastor. 
Sixteen have been added to the church roll since last report, most of 
which were led to decision during the recent evangelistic campaign 
conducted by Brother J. F. Watson. 

We were especially pleased to receive the report from Mrs. G. 
H. Haun, of Woodstock, Virginia, because she is the mother of two 
of our fine young men who are proving themselves worthy leaders 
in the church, — Brother C. C. Haun, pastor at Harrisonburg, Virginia 
and Prof. K. K. Haun of Ashland College. 

The church at Oakville, Indiana, is pressing foi"ward in earnest 
in their bu,ilding campaign, and we dare say that under the leader- 
ship of Brother Sylvester Lowman, Who knows how to build houses 
as well as preach, they will succeed in a satisfactory way. The var- 
ious departments of the work seem to be in good shape. 

Udell, Iowa, is able to report 34 conversions as a result of the 
splendid meeting conducted by their pastor, Brother W. E. Kemp, 
whose services were greatly appreciated by the community. It would 
not seem that they were handicapped by not having secured an evan- 
gelist when their pastor proved so effective in that capacity. 

Easter is not far off, and with 'the coming of that memorable 
date, comes also the opportunity and obligation of contributing to 
foreign missions. That is the next general task before the church. 
The Foreign Board is in session this week at Ashland, planning in 
behalf of our foreign work. Let us plan in our congregations to meet 
every need possible. 

Brother Thomas H. Broad, who is the new pastor of the church at 
Fillmore, California, has already gotten a vision of the opportunities 
there because of the great number of unchurched people, and he says, 
"We have the finest plant in town, a whole-hearted people with 
which to work, and we hope by the Holy Spirit's power there may 
soon come some good reports from Filbnore, to the glory of God and 
the salvation of souls." 

We are pleased to publish the likeness of the reconstructed 
Brethren church and also the pastor of Portis, Kansas. These people 
have accomplished a difficult task in a commendable manner and 
have a church of which t'hey may well feel proud. It shows what a 
people can do if they have consecration coupled with determination 
and divine leadership. Brother Deeter has proven himself a wise 
leader and has the confidence of his parishioners. 

We have two reports from Roanoke, Virgin'ia, one from the pas- 
tor and one from the corresponding secretary, and since 'each con- 
tains some distinctive elements we are running both. The secretary 
is more optimistic about the evangelistic meeting than the pastor, 
and we would say for Brother Christiansen's encoui"agement that the 
success of a meeting cannot always be judged by the number of con- 
verts, and besides a meeting resulting in eight additions to the church 
cannot be considered a failure. "In patience possess ye your souls, 
and the Lord wiD bring the greater harvest. 

We received from Brother Sands, the pastor, the sad news of the 
death of our aged brother. Elder S. M. Loose, of Fremont, Ohio, on 
February 12. His sickness of pneumonia was announced in a pre- 
vious issue of The Evangelist, and as was feared his advanced age 
proved too great a hindrance to his recovery. Brother Loose was 
among the very oldest of the Brethren ministers and has long been 
looked upon as the father of the Fremont church. His cheerfulness, 
kindness and love that has characterized his conduct on every occa- 
sion has greatly endeared him to all his brethren, and his service in 
the Ohio Conference as a district evangelist for years will cause him 
to be greatly missed. He was 85 years old. A memorial will be pub- 
lished in an early issue. 



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GENERAL ARTICLES 



Shall We Lose Our Sabbath? By h. m. oberhoitzer 






(This splendid article previously published is herewith 
given republication in The Evangelist by request, because of 
its timeliness). 

Radical moral changes have taken place in the world 
during the recent years, not all of which are for the better. 
Some of our most sacred institutions are being endangered, 
and very notably our Christian Sabbath. Disregard for and 
desecration of the Christian Sabbath is becoming so alarm- 
ingly prevalent that many are asking the question, Shall we 
lose our Sabbath? Christians of former days may have been 
too extremely strict in their observance of the Lord's Day 
in some respects ; but there is grave danger that we Avill 
swing just as far, and pei'haps farther, to the other extreme, 
if present tendencies continue. Perhaps- we have already 
done so. The "Continental Sunday," so lacking in religious 
spirit, cannot fulfil the purpose of the Christian Sabbath. A 
day given over to recreation, extravagant indulgence or idle- 
ness is not a Christian Sabbath. 

The world is going so fast these days and the people 
are living such a strenuous life that the demand for relief 
in recreation and amusement has become very urgent. Tliis 
demand is being very promptly met. Pleasure resorts and 
amusement places are provided abundantly for all who wish 
to enjoy them and care to pay the price. However, the work- 
day duties are so urgent that few people find time to enjoy 
them during the work-days of the Aveek. Therefore, their 
need of recreation and amusement is considered sufficient 
justification for their taking the Lord's Day for that pur- 
pose. Consequently the pleasure resorts and amusement 
places are crowded on the Lord's Day, and many church 
people are found in the throngs. The proprietors of these 
places have expended enormous sums of money for build- 
ings, equipment and ornamentation, and claim that the pat- 
ronage on the Lord's Day is required in order to meet the 
expenses, which, to their minds and the minds of their 
patrons, justifies their operating upon the Lord's Day. 

Modern methods of travelmg are very convenient and 
inviting and make it possible for people to easily visit dis- 
tant amusement parks and pleasure resorts or other places 
upon the Lord's Day. As a further inducement, railways 
run special excursions on the Lord 's Day, with reduced rates 
of fare, and many church people patronize them. Many have 
purchased automobiles, which they have but little time to 
use during the work-days of the Aveek, and in order to real- 
ize sufficiently upon their investment feel compelled to use 
them upon the Lord's Day and seem thus to justify them- 
selves in neglecting the religious services of the day. 

Sunday base ball has been legalized in Ohio, and I sup- 
pose in other states as well. Sunday sports have become so 
common that spoi'ts upon any other day seems ordinarily to 
command but little interest. 

Theatres and moving picture shows operate in many 
places on the Ijord's Day, and that in open violation of the 
law, and wield unchecked their corrupting infiuences. 
Church attendance has been greatly reduced in many places 
on this account, and some churches have been compelled to 
abandon their Lord's Day evening services. Many Avho at- 
tend the morning services of the Lord's Day attend the pic- 
ture show in the afternoon, which destroys in large part the 
influence of the religious service. What wonder that so 
many youths become criminals, children are disobedient to 
parents and home and church are reproached. For it is gen- 
erally conceded that, notwithstanding the censoi'ship, the 
picture shoAV, as Avell as the theatre, is very corrupt in its 
influence. Although it has the possibilities of great educa- 
tional and moral benefit, it is without doubt one of the 



greatest evils of our times. An effort is being made to le- 
galize the operation of moving picture shows on the Lord's 
Day, and if money has poAver to move a legislature, the mov- 
ing picture syndicate has the money. If this is accomplished 
the demoralizing effect AAdll be amazing. 

Certain factories and corporations require their em- 
ployees to work on the Lord's Day. The filling of ordeK 
seems so urgent or the loss of one day 's shut down so great 
that they consider themselves justified in operating on the 
Lord's Day. To them the making of money is everything 
and the worship of God or the nurture of the soul is verj 
insignificant. Of course the war did much to encourage this 
state of affairs. We have become accustomed to it now anc 
fcAv people seem any longer to be very much concerned aboul 
it. Laborers seem to have come to submit willingly to the 
order, and to suffer no compunctions of conscience Avhat- 
ever. They have become so accustomed to working on the 
Lord's Day that many of them, \Adien permitted to spend the 
day at home, do not hesitate to perform any kind of laboi 
that needs to be done. They seem to persuade themselves 
that they might as well Avork for themselves on the Lord's 
Day as for anyone else. They Avork in the garden, menc 
furniture, repair their property or settle accounts. In manj 
places they hammer and saw or run noisy machinery with 
out fear of rebuke or molestation. Neighbors seem to raise 
no objections. If laborers demand and are given the Lord's 
Day, usually it is not that they may spend it as the Lord re 
quires, but for their OAvn carnal desires. They seem to fine 
but little delight in the worship of God, in Christian f ellow^ 
ship or other things spiritual. Such things seem too tame 

I have only hastily mentioned a few facts which seem te 
me should cause alarm and stir the faithful to action. Per 
haps I have omitted facts even more alarming, but in con 
sideration of these, I ask seriously, Shall Ave lose our Sab 
bath? Of coui'se the loyal and faithful servants of God AviL 
answer, "No, by God's help we shall not lose our Sabbath.' 
But it Avill require much prayer and earnest effort. Senti 
ment favorable to the restoration and preservation of the 
Sabbath must be created. The pulpit must diligently anc 
enthusiastically sound forth both AA^arning and appeal, Avhicl 
must be faithfully re-enforced by the lives and influence o; 
the laity. Let the people turn from their desecration of the 
Lord's Day and find delight in the AA'orship of God and ii 
Christian felloAvship. Let the day be spent as the Lord re 
quires. "The Sabbath was made for man," because Goc 
knew that man needs the Sabbath, and he knew just wha' 
kind of a Sabbath he needed. The Sabbath God made is th( 
best and Avill adequately fulfil every Sabbath requiremeu 
of man, no matter how strenuous Iris life may be. Some maj 
find it easy to excuse the things they do on the Lord's Day 
in the light of present day standards, but God's Word Avil 
not excuse them. If recreation and amusement are needed 
Ave should arrange for their enjoyment on some other day 
perhaps a holiday or half holiday in the middle or at the enc 
of the week;. If it is urged that AA'ork must be done on th( 
Lord's Day, let us remember that no material gains cai 
compensate for our spiritual losses. We must restore anc 
preserve our Christian Sabbath or great calamity will befal 
us. Destroy the Sabbath, AAQth its sacred instruction ane: 
uplifting infiuences, and you strike a death blow at the verj 
vitals of our religion. The Christian Sabbath is the buhvarl 
of our religion and of civilization. Material as well as spir 
itual prosperity is conditioned upon the proper observanei 
of the Lord's Day. God has said', "If thou turn away th] 
foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holj 



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ay ; and call the sabbath a delight, and the holy of Jehovah 
onorable ; and shall honor it, not doing thine O'vvn ways, nor 
nding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words; 
ben shalt thou delight thyself in Jehovah ; and I will make 
hee to ride upon the high' places of the earth ; and I will 



feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father; for the 
mouth of Jehovah hath spoken it" (Isa. 58:13, 14). Let us 
be "in the Spirit on the Lord's Day" and "remember to 
keep it holy." 

Columbus, Ohio. 



Goin^ to College. By President Edwin E. Jacobs 



I have in my possession a little book with the above 
itle, viz., "Going to College", in which the author, a teacli- 
ir of English in an eastern State University, sets forth the 
easons why young persons should set out for college. 

The scope of the book is large in that it makes its ap- 
)eal to practically every class of young people. After ex- 
laustiug all the arguments he could command, the author 
luotes very crisp and telling phrases from fifty distmguished 
-ollege men to show that the siimmum bonum of all educa- 
iou is to be found in college. In that book he says that 
'the American college is organized for the rank and file and 
lot for either geniuses or fools." But that was in the year 
L899. 

Since that time a great change has come over the face 
jf the earth and withki rather recent years, there have been 
iet going certain forces which make it difficult for certain 
^oung people either to enter or to remain long in college. 
These forces may be classified under two heads, viz., edtica- 
tional and financial. 

The first has to do with the new so-called educational 
tests and measurements, for our educational sharps have re- 
jceutly found out that only a small percent of any population 
is really capable of taking a course in an arts college. Here 
we are with practically compulsory education, at least in 
Ohio, which tends to keep the young person in school 
through twelve grades, finishing high school. Just how it 
is possible to push so large a percent through these second- 
ary schools and then to cut them off from college simply be- 
cause they have insufficient ability to go on, is not -wholly 
clear. Neither is it clear just why they should reach their 
saturation point in that short time, viz., just between high 
school and the college. 

This presents a real difficulty to the modern college. No 
one ever fails in high school and is turned out, at least rare- 
ly. Compulsory education in a public school makes elimin- 
ation through failure to pass the work rather unlikely. Then 
these young people come on up to college to attack its prob- 
lems which are many times more difficult than those found 
in the public schools. Now if adniission is by examination, 
either on an intelligence or on an educational test-scale, 
many will be unable to enter college at all, and many rathei; 
prominent educators say that is just what ought to happen. 
Then at the top there will be that clear and choice group, 
viz., the five percent, the true elite. 

On the other hand there are those who say that the col- 
leges ought to find a place for the mediocre Avho have good 
heart and hope. They point out that many of the most suc- 
cessful men, even in intellectual pursuits, were far from 
brilliant Avhen in college. It has been a pointer for jokes for 
years, as to what becomes of the honor men of our colleges. 
But the second consideration, the increased cost of 
schooling, is also keeping many out of school who have the 
brains and who might attempt a college course with profit. 
Some of the most modest colleges are charging from one hun- 
dred to two hundred and over for tuition. Extra fees are 
large. Living expenses amount to ten dollars a week and 
over, so that the total cost of an A. B. degree is rapidly ris- 
ing. It now is commonly as high as six and seven hundred 
dollars a year. Moreover, where tuitions are large, the in- 
come of the school is of course greater than where tuitions 
are low. I know of a rather humble school where the tui- 
tion is over $100.00 a year and the atttendanee about 500, 
giving thus an income of $100,000 from tuitions alone. No 
wonder their president can travel in Europe and the coach- 



ing staff get $15,000 a year. All of this goes in modem col- 
lege life. 

But what are the lessons? If the future of America de- 
pends in any large way upon the educated, as it evidently 
does, it would seem to be good policy to educate as large a 
percent of our population as posssible. Any removable 
cause hindering this desired end, ought to be eliminated. Ex- 
penses ought to be kept to the limit of efficiency. Only the 
earnest, high minded, and capable ought to attempt the high 
road to college. College courses ought to be sufficiently 
tlexible so as to meet in a very full way the needs of this 
group of young people. And colleges, it seems to me, ought 
to encourage rather than discourage, this sort of program. 

Ashland, Ohio. 



The Spirit's Witness With Our Spirit 

By Samuel Kiehl 

Text: The Spirit himself beareth witness with our 
spirit, that we are children of God (Rom. 8:16 R. V.). 

The prevailing idea concerning this text with some be- 
lievers seems to be, that the Spirit, instead of bearing wit- 
ness with our spirit, is bearing witness to our spirit (tell- 
ing us, in some mysterious way, divorced from the "Scrip- 
tures," that we are children oi: God). 

The Avord of God, and the Spirit of God invariably bear 
the same witness to the truth, they never contradict each 
other. To say that the Spirit is bearing witness with our 
spirit, that we are children of God, when the word of God 
;md' our life bear no such witness, is a contradiction. Con- 
, cerning such believers Jesus says, This people draweth nigh 
unto me A\ith their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips ; 
but their heart is far from me (Matt. 15:8). Titus 1:16 
says. They profess that they know God; but in works they 
deny him, being abominable, and disobedienv, and unto 
every good work reprobate. It will be to every believer's 
eternal interest to prove all things, and hold fast that which 
is according to the "word." Then will the word of God, the 
Spirit of God, and the believer's godly life bear witness that 
he is a child of God. Having these three witnesses he is 
assured of the Father's approval. 

The believer who is always doing those things that 
please the Father (John 8:29) which the natural man can- 
not do (Rom. 8:7, 8) beai-s witness that he is a spiritual 
man, a child of God. The Spirit of God (received by faith 
in Christ Jesus) d^v^Uing in the believer, also bears witness 
that he is a spiritual man, a child of God. These two wit- 
nesses in the believer, the Spirit of God and the believer's 
(regenerated) spirit both bear Avitness to the same truth; 
viz., that he is a child of God. Hence the text, The Spirit 
liimself beareth witness with (not to) our spirit, that we are 
children of God. 

For proof that you are a child of God, ask yourself, as 
in his immediate presence, this question. Am I, in deed and 
in truth, always doing those things that please the Father? 
If you can give an affirmative answer, it will be a true wit- 
ners that you are led by the Spirit of God; and, conse- 
quently, are not only a child, but a son of God (Rom. 8:14). 
For such spiritual exaltation (alone through the merits of 
Christ and the love and mercy of God), to the Father, Son, 
and Holy Spirit be nil the praise, in ages without end. 

Dayton, Ohio, R. R. 8. 



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What He Saw in the Near East 



February 10th, 1923. 
Editor, Brethren Evangelist, 

Ashland, Ohio. 
Dear Sir: 

I have just returned from a visit with your children — 
boys and girls who ivould not be living today, had not the 
Brethren Evangelist and other sympathetic publications 
given the facts to the American public who responded with 
the necessary fund's for the rescue of these children. 

I saw a thousand of them, all boys, potential leaders of 
a New Near East, occupying the Kaiser's Summer Palace at 
Corfu. 

I saw another 1,400 Armenian boys at Corfu — diiven 
out of Asia Minor — temporarily domiciled in a half-ruined, 
abandoned warehouse. Most of them were sleeping on the 
floors, but some more fortunate occupied bins like shelving 
against the wall, floor to roof, six deep. 

I saw nearly a thousand boys recently arrived from 
"Pontius in Asia" now sleeping on the floors of the Zap- 
peion Exposition Hall in Athens. 

I saw four hundred girls, safe from Turkish oppression, 
occupying the Royal Palace facing Constitution Square in 
the heart of Athens. 

I saw another 1,300 Armenian girls, salvaged from the 
orphanages of Constantinople. Some of these girls I recog- 
nized as members of a school orchestra that had played for 
our benefit at a reception the preceding summer, now trans- 
planted, empty-handed, to begin life anew in a strange land. 

I saw sixty-seven of these younger girls, all of them suf- 
fering from conjunctivitis, crowded into one room 20x20 ft. 
in size, a cold rain falling outside, with no other place of 
abode, eating, sleeping, working or playing, night or day. 

I saw in another room, scarcely larger, sixty-six infants, 
most, if not all of them, under three years of age, some of 
them dying as a result of the weeks of exposure, under-nour- 
ishment, and hardship endured during their migration in 
mid-winter from the interior of Asia Minor to their tem- 
porary home in Greece. 

I saw a portion of the 9,000 Armenian orphans who, hy 
(he grace of the Greek Government and people, are tempor- 
arily occupying summer hotel buildings, but for whom we 
absolutely must provide other shelter before the summer he- 
gins in April. 

Where shall these Armenian orphans go? 

I saw three ships in the Piraeus Harbor, crowded be- 
yond capacity with over 10,000 refugees from Anatolia, who 
could not be disembarked from their long journey and un- 
sanitary environment on account of inadequate quarantine 
accommodations. 

I saw a single ship that had carried 27,000 refugees 
from Smyrna to safety, transporting the incredible number 
of 11,500 on one voyage. 

I saw in Constantuiople Harbor another ship, decks 
packed with refugees obliged to flee from their homes in 
Asia Minor, but having no place to land except — Greece, 
war-stricken, impoverished, over-populated, the one coun 
try on earth that can least afford to extend hospitality to 
foreign refugees, 

I saw Premier Gonatas, who, in behalf of the Greek Gov- 
erinnent, had welcomed to safety on Greek soil tens of thou- 
sands of Armenian refugees in addition to a million refugees 
of his own race, and who said that the Greek nation could 
never forget the service rendered by American relief work- 
ers in saving the lives and evacuating untold thousands of 
refugees during and following the Smyrna disaster. 

I saw in one ramshackle building in Constantinoble 300 
newly made orphans, whom Near East Relief workers had 
picked lip in the streets and abandoned homes of the one 
iown of Ordu, Asia Minor, 

I met in Constantinople our managing directors from 
the Caucasus, Syria and Palestine, reviewed with them the 



reports of the 25,000 Armenian orphans who are dependen| 
upon us for their daily food in the Caucasus and of th| 
11,000 orphans in Syria and Palestine, more than 9,000 ol 
whom are Armenians recently driven out from Harpool' 
Caesarea, Marash, Konia (Iconium) and other areas oi 
Paul's early missionary ministry into Syria and Palestine, j 

In my own vision, I saw my ovm great, rich America i 
"clothed in purple and fine linen, faring sumptuously everj 
day," enjoymg comforts, luxuries, wealth transcending th(! 
dreams of the ancients, surpassing anything that the worlcl 
has ever Icnown, and which no American can appreciate' 
until he has walked through the refugee camps in the "Land! 
of the Stalldng Death." 

And I saw some — yes, many — of these fortunate Ameri-j 
can citizens expressing true religion and human brotherhood I 
through giving of their bounty to bind up the wounds of| 
those who have been stricken and robbed by the wayside, 
buying bread for the hungry, clothes for the naked, and 
medical ministry for the sick. 

And I saw in this unselfish ministry of the American^ 
philanthropists the best pledge and guarantee of interna-! 
tional friendship, brotherhood, and good will to all men, I 
binding the nations together in co-operation that -svill makej 
war increasingly difficult, because men and women thusl 
united come to love and not hate one another. j 

And I saw in the dim, more distant future these infant i 
children, grown to manhood and womanhood, with the im-l 
press of American benevolence on their lives, with the lesson i 
of forgiveness, love and unselfish service ingrained in their ' | 
character. i 

And I saw. these — ^your boys and girls — ^potential lead- 1 
ers of a New Near East, forgiving their enemies, serving j 1 
their fellowmen, and passing on to generations yet unborn i i 
the gospel of love, good will and service which they have re- } ' 
ceived ancl are receiving from you and other American phil- ! i 
anthropists. 

That which battleships and battalions have failed to 
accomplish the magic power of love, unselfish service and' 
world brotherhood will yet achieve. 

Sincerely yours, C. V. VICKREY, 

Near East Relief. 

151 Fifth Avenue, New York. 



Laymen Make Suggestions to Preachers 

Rev. Carpenter Asks 50 People What They 
Would Do If They Were a Preacher 

{From The E'vening Globe, Hagersto'wn, Maryland) 

Recently Rev, G. C. Carpenter, pastor of the First 
Brethren church, sent out cards upon which answers were to 
be written to the question, what the writer would do if he 
were a preacher. About 50 answers were received from peo- 
ple in various walks of life, including editors, business men, 
physicians, etc., and Rev. Mr. Carpenter, at the Sunday eve- 
ning service, read the answers as follows : 

IF I WERE A PREACHER I WOULD 

"Preach optimism and encouragement." 

"Preach the whole Gospel, visit the sick and be a father to 
the church," 

"Be brief, speak with dramatic force, and not be afraid to 
preach hell-fire and brimstone against sin, in the church 
or out, for that was one of God's own weapons against 
sin," 

"Identify myself with all movements for the good of the 
community, especially where children were concerned." 

"Preach the Gospel to win souls, depending on spirituality 
and not organization to bring results." 



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THE BRETHREN PULPIT 



The Fount of True Righteousness. By l. a. Myers 

{Sermon al Illiokola Conference, Garwin, Iowa, October 3, t922) 

TEXT : "Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousttsss of the scribes and Pharisees ye can in 

no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven. ' ' — ^Matt. 5 :20. 



These words are from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, 
'hey deal with the vital principles of human life. The most 
'iiportant are probably those that teach men their relation to 
lach other and to God. Here Jesus touched some of the per- 
ilexing problems that pertain to man and his welfare. He 
■,lso enunciated principles which when properly applied 
iave never failed to help man out of the most dangerous 
tifficulty. He shows forth man's obligation to the world 
nd emphasizes the importance of the place he occupies, 
'le says "Ye are the light of the world," also "The salt of 
he earth." He likewise tells the disciples that their exam- 
i)le can not be hidden. 
\ He sets forth his own relation to the 
law and shows the difference between the 
aw and the Christian revelation. The 
tact is made clear that principle should 
govern the Christian life and not law. 
isincerity in beliefs and practices of 
phristian principle is not only necessary 
if)ut is essential in the development of 
Ihe Christ life. Reality in religion and 
earnestness in his service are encouraged 
h'om the very outset. Here he compares 
Ihe righteousness of the scribe and Phar- 
isee with that of Ms own and plainly 
says that a professing Christian can not 
be saved on Pharisaic righteousness, 
tlesus looked upon the Pharisees' right- 
eousness as being in default because it 
jwas external. 

He taught that righteousness should 
be an outflow from the inward being 
rather than an outside covering to the 
real stagnated life of the heart. The 
Pharisee's righteousness busied itself 
with obedience to the law and gave no 
time to supplyuig the vital needs of 
feeding a hungry soul. Jesus said, the 
Pharisees would bind heavy burdens 
upon man's shoulders, which they would 
not even touch with their finger tips in 
an effort to remove them. This form of 
righteousness sought to exalt self rather 
than practice service, which was inspired 
by humility. Under the influence of this 
external righteousness the character 
pined away, while the soul starved on 
the husks that its religion fed to it. 

The Pharisee's righteousness was both dangerous and 
deceptive. Its danger was felt both subjectively and ob- 
jectively. The subject was deceived because he prized him- 
self to be something when he was nothing. The real man 
kept himself hid under a good looking appearance, think- 
ing himself to be as he appeared. But the external never 
gave true expression to the internal. The Pharisee's right- 
eousness never gave the heart the opportunity of expressing 
its real self so that it could be felt and seen. This was like- 
wise dangerous to the individual who came in touch with 
the personality who embraced this righteousness. He was 
likewise deceived and when he thought himself to be enter- 
taining a dove he was entertaining a serpent. Jesus said 



i 



I 



My Bible and I 

We 've traveled togefher. 

My Bible and I, 
Through all kinds of weather. 
With smile or with sigh! 
In sorrow or sunshine, 
In tempest or calm. 
Its friendship unchanging, 

My lamp and my song! 

We'll travel together, 

My Bible and I, 
WTien life has grown weary 
And death e'en was nigh; 
But all through the darkness 
Of mist or of ^^Tong, 
I found it a solace, 

A prayer and a song! 

So now who shall part us 

My Bible and I? 
Shall isms or schisms 
Which doubt or deny? 
S'halJ shadow or substance. 
Or stone for good bread, 
Supplant its sound iviBdom, 

Give folly instead? 

Ah, no! my dear Bible 

Exponent of light! 
Thou Sword of the Spirit 
Put error to flight; 
And still through life's journey 
Until my last sigh. 
We'll travel together. 

Mv Bible and I. 

—Bugle Call. 



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this righteousness was like a wolf in sheep's clothing. A 
beautiful white fleecy coat of wool was the very symbol of 
purity and innocence but under it was hiding a dangerous 
disposition. This dispo.sition had a real v/olf-nature hiding 
away to make use of the prey that the appearance of innoe- 
cency had caught for it. There is too much of this sheep- 
skin religion which covers a coyote nature that is practiced 
upon men with its same methods of deception in this present 
time. Even yet the innocent too often thinks he is embrac- 
ing an innocent lamb, when it is a real wolf that he holds in 
his embrace. 

The Pharisee's righteousness was satisfied ^^nth a good 
looking out.side but gave no attention to 
what the in.side might be. Jesus called 
them whited sepulchres. The outside 
might be a beautiful ivory white but the 
inside was full of dead men's bones. The 
very atmosphere was ladened with the 
stench of death. While the outside 
looked good the healthiest soul would die 
if compelled to live in the atmosphere of 
the inside. To show more plainly their 
pride in what might be seen of men of 
their apparent righteousness, he com- 
pares the Pharisee and the publican. He 
says they both prayed. The Pharisee 
stands on the street corner or in the 
prominent place- in the temple, where 
everybody could .see him. He raised his 
face toward heaven and said, "Lord I 
thank thee that I am not as other men. 
I give tithes of all that I possess" ; I pray 
daily; I give alms to the poor; I congrat- 
ulate myself on my goodness. Lord God 
of heaven, bow do^\'n to me. But the 
publican prayed and he said, after he 
had smitten himself upon the breast, 
"Lord, be merciful to me a sinner." 
Jesus said, "I tell you this man went 
down ju-^tified rather than the self- right- 
eous Pharisee." The Pharisee admired 
the good sound, even though it was 
nothing but an empty symbol. Thus 
Jesus lays upon the mind of the di.'^ciples 
this fact, that the kingdom of heaven is 
not made up of people possessing a relig- 
ion that is purely surface but it must be 
deep seated. It must be so much so that 
it will produce more than an external righteousness. "Ex- 
cept your righteousness exceeds the righteovisness of the 
scribes and Pharisees ye cannot enter the Kingdom of 
heaven. ' ' 

"While the Pharisee's righteousness dealt entirely with 
external works of law the righteousness of Jesus Christ 
called for a full and complete heart. The first requirement 
that Jesus always made of his penitent applicants was a 
whole heart. God says to the sinner, "Give me thine heart." 
Without a complete surrender of the entire heart to God no 
man can follow him except in name and form. The second 
commandment of the law of Moses was embodied in the 
teaching of Jesus : "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with 



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all thy soul, with all thy heart and with all thy mind and 
thy neighbor as thyself. ' ' This asks for a gift of mental and 
spiritual powers as well as the whole heart. When one has 
once given his heart to God the life is his also because it is 
the fountain of the heart. 

He requires that this old heart be made new. This will 
also produce a new life. Jesus in his conversation to Nico- 
demus said, "You must be born again." Nicodemus did not 
understand the term Jesus used. He had probably never 
heard it used in the sense in which Jesus was using it. 
Thus, he said, "How can these things be?" Jesus made it 
more emphatic by saying, "You must be born of water and 
of the Spirit." Jesus is simply telling Nicodemus that he 
must have his heart with which to begin a new life in him. 
This life was to come from this new heart and was to be one 
of Christian righteousness. Paul teaches the same truth in 
different language. He said, you must crucify the old man 
of sin. Put him away. He must be so completely removed 
that Paul says he must be buried. The teaching on baptism 
as recorded in Romans 6:4 teaches death, burial and resur- 
rection. This is death of the old nature with its sins, burial 
of the same never to be resurrected and at that place of 
burial begin a new life with this new heart wherem dwell- 
eth righteousness. This is Paul's teaching when he says, 
' ' Come forth to walk in a newness of life. " "If any man is 
in Christ Jesus he is a neiv creature ; old things have passed, 
behold all things have become new." 

Now then Jesus wants the whole heart. "Love not the 
world, neither the things that are in the world." "Be ye 
not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the 
renewing of your minds." "Ye cannot serve God and mam- 
mon. ' ' All these scriptures plainly teach that God requires 
a whole heart, given to him in holy consecration, before a 
holy life can be produced. 

This heart that has been given away is the fountain 
source of all true righteousness. All righteousness comes 
from the heart. This righteousness shows the content of the 
source from which it flows. "Out of the abundance of the 
heart the mouth speaketh. " "As a man thinketh in his 
heart so is he." 

Such a new heart as we have described reveals itself by 
its works. Jesus said, "The works that I do, these are they 
that testify of me." His works were better evidence of 
himself as being sincere at heart, as the one sent from God 
to be the Savior of all the world than the testimony of John 
or the prophecy of Isaiah or even the declaration of one 
sent from heaven such as was the angel to the shepherds. 
"By their fruits ye shall know them." "Men do not gather 
grapes of thorns nor figs of thistles," but they gather the 
grape from the vine and the fig from the branches of the 
fig-tree. They recognize them, for each imparts its own 
nature to the fruit it bears. So the nature of Christ is im- 
parted through the work of righteousness unto those who 
receive it and they recognize its validity because of its lofty 
nature embodied in it. 

This righteousness is a free voluntary flow. It comes in 
a spontaneous way. It is best illustrated by the flowing 
fountain of water. Bryan, Ohio, is called the Fountain 
City, because it has such a large number of fountains. When 
the well drill had gone down far enough to flnd the Avater 
it came bubbling up. It is not necessary to have the pump 
man come and set in the pump that has the strongest sucker 
in order to obtain water. This is the thing that happens too 
many times when many folks confess righteousness. The 
best pump must be installed with a good operator and much 
hard pumping before it is possible to obtain much righteous- 
ness and then too often the pump is Avorn out on a d'ry well. 
The real fountain flows by day and by night, when it is cold 
and Avhen it is 'hot, in the winter and in the summer, when 
Avater is scarce or when it is plenty. The thirsty are never 
disappointed. As to quality it is the best that can be found. 
This is the Avay that righteousness should floAv from a Chris- 
tian heart. The ever flowing kind is the kind that produces 



things for God. The kind that must be pumped never d'oet 
much for God unless duty or requirement compel it. The 
dry kind never does anything except "kick back." 'Thej 
real genuine righteousness is that which flows freely and,'; 
continuously. Such always represents a heart that is re-j 
sourceful. It is constantly supplied by God. Hence the| 
Christian heart, which is renewed daily by God and alwaysj 
supplied is the true source of real righteousness. 
Hudson, Iowa. 



Laymen Make Suggestions To Preachers I 

(Continued from page 6) 

' ' Cleanse the church of hypocrites and unclean. ' ' j 

' ' Preach salvation through Christ regardless of my personal I 
popularity. " 

' ' Preach the Bible and nothing but the Bible in 25 or 30 
minute sermons. Would keep out of politics and civic 
affairs unless it was something that affected my congre- 
gation as a unit." 

"Preach the Gospel as I understood it, not regarding the 
desires of laymen. ' ' 

"I Avould be an enthusiastic preacher, convincing through 
my oAvn enthusiasm that a Christian life is the only life 
Avorth living, or I Avould be no preacher." 

"I Avould try to be neither a dude nor a slouch, but a real 
man among my people." 

"I AA'ould preach the Gospel and let the topics of the day 
take care of themselves. Sincere people Avant their 
duties pointed out to them." 

' ' Be busy every day, not lazy, and do my best 'to get people 
to Avalk straight." 

"I would provide my church Avith clean entertaimnent and 
sports along with the spiritual end as a means of com- 
batting the evils the youth of today have to confront. 
And I would deal often in my sermons Avitli everyday 
subjects." 

' ' I Avould preach more about the morals of young girls. ' ' 

"Preach the Gospel and say nothing about money, politics, 
booze or doctrine." 

' ' Be sociable and friendly to everybody, rich or poor. ' ' 
"Preach short sermons and not read them, and try to keep 
politics out of the church." 

"Do my best but not expect to please everybody any more 

than can the sexton." 
"Preach the whole Gospel, be prompt, and make my an- 
nouncements short and snappy." 
"Endeavor to interest boys and girls of the teen age Avhen 

they are selecting their associates and home influences 

are apt to wane." 
"Put prayer fii'st, keep in touch with the happenings of the 

day, using them as examples or warnings, and advertise 

judiciously." 
"Try to get the Ministerial Association to endeavor to unite 

to raise moral standards and eliminate the bad films of 

the movies and substitute those that are uplifting and 

edticational. ' ' 
"Learn to knoAV intimately all members and attendants of 

my church and be interested in community welfare 

Avork. ' ' 
"Not let man's criticism take the place of the Spirit and 

God's Word in directing my efforts." 
"I would preach the pure, unadulterated Gospel, Jesus 

Christ and him crucified, the efficacy of prayer and 

faith, and the hope of immortality." 

In his sermon on Sunday evening Eev. Mr. Carpenter 
said that a preacher should seek the baptism of the Holy 
Spirit and the compassion and love of Jesus. He should 
preach the Word of God with Jesus Christ and the Cross as 
the center. He should be a faithful pastor, and imdershep- 
herd of the sheep. And Avithal he should do his best. 



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"I have been intensely interested," Rev. Mr. Carpenter 
said, ' ' in tlie many ideas put forth by those who have kindly 
answered my question, "What Would You Do If You Were 
a Preacher?" It is likely true that none of us know just 
what Ave would do under given circumstances until we are 
actually in the place of action and under the responsibility, 
but it is interesting to know how people think they would 
act." 



OUR DEVOTIONAL 

The Church 

By C. E. Johnson 

OUR SCRIPTURE 

And I say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this 
rock I will build my church ; and the gates of hell shall not 
prevail against it (Mt. 16:18). But if I tarry long, that thou 
mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the 
house of God, which is the church of the living God, t'he pil- 
lar and gi'ound of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15). Now therefore, 
you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citi- 
zens of the saints, and of the household of God; and are 
built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, 
Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone (Eph. 2:19, 
20). And hath put all things under his feet, and given him 
to be the head over all things to the church, which is his 
body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all (Eph. 1 :22, 
23). For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ 
is the head of the church : and he is the Savior of the body 
(Eph. 5:23). And he is the head of the body, the church: 
who is the beginning, the first born from the dead; that in 
all tilings he might have the preeminence (Col. 1:18). Take 
heed, therefore, unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over 
which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the 
church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood 
(Acts 20:28). Therefore as the church is subject unto 
Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every- 
thing (Eph. 5:24). And the Lord added daily unto the 
church such as should be saved (Acts 2:47). He that proph- 
esieth edifieth the church (1 Cor. 14:4). And at that time 
there was a great persecution against the church which was 
at Jerusalem (Acts 8:3). As for Saul, he made havoc of 
the church, entering into every house, and hailing men and 
women, committing them to prison (Acts 8:3). Husbands, 
love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and 
gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it 
with the washing of water by the word, that he might pre- 
sent it to himself a glorious church, not havhig spot, or 
wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and 
without blemish (Eph. 5:25-27). 

OUR MEDITATION 

In bringing before your minds the subject, "THE 
CHURCH," I am bringing a subject that is so commonplace 
as to have lost the greater part of its meanmg and signifi- 
cance today. TTpon every hand we see buildings erected by 
God's people as places of worship. By many they are 
passed by with scarcely a glance. By others they are en- 
tered and become to them the House of God, his church, into 
which they can enter and find sweet fellowship and com- 
munion with their Lord. At the very beginning of Christ's 
ministry he recognized the Jewish synagogue as a place of 
worship and so used it. Shortly before returning unto the 
Father he established the church upon faith and so it is to- 
day that we have buildings erected, into which are gath- 
ered the "called out ones," where they can raise their voices 
in praise and thanksgiving to God for his wondrous love 
and mercies to them. 

Christ stands today, as he has always stood, the head of 



the church. With this thought in mind, let us think upon 
our attitude toward the churcJi. It should be to us a sacred 
place. There should be removed from it all things that tend 
toward the commonplace. Surely when Christ established 
his church he never for a moment entertained the idea that 
it should become a place of worldly pleasures or frivoUties. 
Undoubtedly to him the church was the gathering together 
of his followers where they could converse on those things 
that pertain to their common salvation. At this last Christ- 
mas time the writer attended a Christmas exercise in a 
church building. The exercises were put on by a Sunday 
school. Appearing on the program were some who had no 
care for the church, who did not hesitate to desecrate the 
Sabbath and were known as sinners. As the various num- 
bers of the program were rendered there was cheering, 
clapping of hands and the stamping of feet. No secular 
meeting could have been more noisily conducted and still 
be classed among the decent. I spoke to one of the members 
of the congregation concerning the matter and he said he 
knew it should not be so, but what could you do to stop it? 
The trouble all lay in the fact that the church has become 
so commonplace that the house of God is not respected. We 
fail to impress upon the people that we are in God's house. 
That Christ is the head over it and is jealous concerning it. 

Christ mtended that his church should be an example 
to all the world. That it should be an organization of his 
followers whose actions should be such as to command the 
respect of all people. During the apostle's time there were 
added to the church daily such as should be saved. So also 
should the church of today so conduct herself that the teach- 
ings of Christ might flow forth from her as a mighty tor- 
rent reaching and convictmg men of the error of their way. 
If we as Christians regard the church lightly, so also will 
the world. We cannot expect of the world that which we 
are not ready to ascribe to our own. 

There are those in the world who feel that the, church 
has lost her power and is on the decline. I do not believe 
that for an instant. That which has been established by 
Christ cannot fail, for the Kingdom of God is back of it. 
It shall suffer persecution as it has in the past but Christ 
has said that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it, 
and what he has said is true. He has also said that he shall 
cleanse it so he could present it to himself a glorious church. 
Brethi'en, if this is the institution to which Ave belong, let us 
guard it carefully that it might shine forth as a beacon 
light in a dark and dreary Avorld draAving such as Avould 
be saved into her sheltering fold. Then Avhen he shall come 
Ave need not be ashamed but can turn Avith pride to the 
church, the greatest organization on earth with the great- 
est message that the Avorld has ever received. 

OUR PRAYER 

Father in heaven, we come to thee ascribhig all honor 
due unto thy holy name. We recognize in thee the creator 
of the Avorld, the giver of every good and perfect gift. We 
give thanks unto thee this day for the church which thou 
hast given unto the Avorld. We thank thee for AA^hat it stands 
for and for Avhat it means. Help us Avho have named thy 
name to guard jealously its sacred precepts and teachings 
that it may ever shine forth draAving men from a life of 
sin unto the glorious light of thy Gospel. We pray it all in 
the name of Jesus our Savior. Amen. 

Turlock, California. 



LOVE OF GOD 

If the cliurch is under obligations to teach the Avorld 
the love of God, it is under like obligations to teach and to 
exemplify the love of our felloAv-men. We have thought of 
Christianity, the teachings of Christ, as a circle drawn 
around the individual as its center. Hereafter aa^c must 
think of Christianity, the teachings of Jesus, as an ellipse 
draAvn around the individual and society as two foci. — 
Josiah Strong. 



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Je^U^ ICdCUlUg iU lUC ICUiyiC sHp that is due to God alone. The worship 

T> Cannif S Hcte^r °^ '^^ emperor was not required in Palestine, 

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{Sunday School Lesson for March 4) Empire. xhe Widow's Mite 

Devotional Reading. — Psalm 2. This would seem to be one of the most das- Jesus left the Court of the Gentiles where 

Lesson Material. — Luke 20:1 to 21:38. tardly attacks ever made on Jesus because he had been teaching and entered the Court 

Reference Material. — Isaiah 28:14-20; Matt. they came to him presuming to compliment of the Women, where was the treasury. Sit- 

7:28, 29; Acts 4:7-22; Rom. 13:1-7. him as friends, while their words were the uated around the walls were thirteen money 

Goldeii Text — Bender unto Caesar the pernicious flattery of those who were ready chests with tnimpet-shaped mouths, each 

things that are Caesar's, and unto God the to arrest and destroy him. Judas of Galilee marked with the object for which its receipts 

things that are God's. — Luke 20:25. (Acts 5:37) had denounced the payment of were devoted. Jesus saw a widow depositing 

Daily Home Bible Readings tribute to Caesur as treason for Jehovah, and in one of these chests the smallest amount of 

-. , X -u .jfi.-i a it is likely that many of the Galileans listen- money that a Jew wa? allowed to give (two 

M.. nxsdom s answer, i^uKe -u:i-o j^^ ^^ j^^^^ ^^^^ ^^ sympathy with his atti- lepta, or mites). In order to make an accepts 

L Rejecting the Jieir, i.uKe^u.a-iD ^^^^^ ^^^^ j^^^^ compelled his adversaries to able gift she had been compeUed to take all 

W. Giymg uocl ms own, .... i.uKe zy.ia-^o gQ^gg^g ^^^ ^j^pjg p^j^^ ^j^g^ ^j^g^ admitted she had to live on. Others were casting in 

1. bnung one s iving ........ i.uKe ^1.-1-4 that the coinage was Caesar ';S, for even Juda- offerings out of their abundance. Thecon- 

.' rr;!:® nt • t- i^ 1 p r ifi 1 d ^^°' admitted that the coinage implied the trast impressed Jesus and he praised this act 

h. ihe Christian ottering ... i oor^ io.i-4 ^..^j^^. ^^ ta.xation, as Plummer suggests, and of self-denial. The greatness of the gift in 

b. The rejected one shall reign, ..i-sami _ ^^,^^ evidence that" submission to that govern- God's sight depends not upon the amount we 

THOUGHTS ON THE LESSON iiient was right and proper. He brought out give so much as upon the amount we with- 

We are to study today one of the most fully *''''^'' '^^^J *° Crod and duty to civil author;- hold. The comparative greatness of what we 

reported days of Jesus' ministry, which was ties are not mutually e'.xelusive. Duty to give with what we might have given is the 

likely the second day after his triumphal en- Caesar was part of their duty to God, because thing that denotes real worth of gifts. The 

^j. jjj^Q Jerusalem Tuesday April 4 (TSTisan ^o'' t^^ purposes of maintaining order and gift that is marked with self-denial stands 

12). It is sometimes called' the "Day of government, he was God's vice-ruler. They highest. 
Questions." "We have here (1) the San- 

hedrin asking about Jesus' authority, and (2) j ,_. JLIC J CL1T 1 

Jesus' counter question about John the Bap Importaiice 01 Dependable aunoay bcnool leacners 

tist; (3) the Pharisees and Herodians asking 

about the tribute; (14) the Sadducees asking BY HARRY E. PRICE 

about the woman with seven husbands; (5) Superintendent of the Brethren Sunday School. Napp^nee, Ind. 

the Scribe asking which is the first command- f^ ' j- » a-^ ^ 

ment; and (6) Christ's question about Psalm rj^^ article I am about to write will be a themselves from the house of the Lord so 

110. Some have ascribed still other questions jigg^ggjo^ ^f the problems found in most of readily, especially on the Lord's Day. It is 

to this day also, but they are too precarious ^^^^ ^^ ^^^^^^^ ^^ ^^^ brotherhood, and time the pastors and superintendents arouse 

to be worthy of our mention here. ^ ^^y ^_^^ i^spi,,tion I ma^ pro- themselves and make the standards of living 

Jesus' Authority Que^ioned sent some thoughts which may help somo ^-\ f^ T.t""\°^ '^' •^"f'^'y '"^"'^ ^"1^^ 

The bitterness of the Pharisees had been ^ ■ ^, ,^.. ,■ ,,■,•• strict and the pathway lust as narrow as they 

gro^^dng more determined in its destructive teachers to be more thoughtful in their living. ^^^ ^^^^^^ ^^'^ ^^_ '^^^ ^^^^ ^-^^^ ^^^ ^^ 

purpose", and the cleansing of the temple more zealous to perform their duties as teach- amples set as teachers before the members of 
brought things to a climax. They wanted to «rs, aud if possible that they may conform ^j^g gjggg ^^.^ ^.gj.y important if we would be 
lay hands immediately upon him, but they their lives more fully to the great Master true channels through which God 's Word must 
feared the people, so they set about to dis- Teacher, which is Christ the Lord. flow. It has been repeated by an expert Sun- 
credit him in their sight, and hoping that he As we face the problems of the Sunday day school worker that in order to be a suc- 
would say or do something that would give school the teaching force of the school mount.s cessf ul teacher we should have a greater de- 
them a pretext for his arrest. The Sanhedrin up ahead of all others as the most important sire to teach our class than do any-thing else 
questions his authority (20:1-8. See also of aU and the most difficult to solve. Too in the world, this is a broad statement but in 
Matt. 21:23-27: Mark 11:27-33) and he with many of the teachers fail to realize that the it is contained the secret of a successful 
masterful readiness challenges them to tell lives they are leading today are preparing teacher. 

about the authority of John the Baptist, for pupils for eternity and what we do as teach- The church of today is caUing for trained 

he had borne witness to Jesus. He immedi- ers in the Sunday school has more to do with leadership, many times in vain. In any branch 

ately had them cornered and they could only their future lives than any other influence, of life that man may enter today he must be 

answer ig-nominously, "We do not know." except that of the home, and if they do not trained. He must be expert if he wishes to 

Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen receive the right influence in the Jiome, the succeed. It is no less true in the church. We 

In this parable (20:9-19. See also Mt. 21: destiny of their souls rests veiy largely with must have trained men and women, but we 

33-46; Mark 12:1-12) Christ lets his enemies thc^ Sunday school teachers. Every Sunday find too few willing to make the sacrifice nec- 

know that 'he is aware of their murderous school superintendent has teachers who are al- essary to adequate preparation for carrying 

plans concerning himself; and in it he warns ways late, some who must be always coaxed on the work of spreading the kingdom of 

both them and the people generally of the and urged to keep their classes, some who are Jesus Christ in the hearts of men. When we 

fatal results to themselves, if their plans are dissatisfied with tfhe pastor even though he see the need and lose sight of the material 

carried out. The parable is capable of spir- may be doing much more than his part of the things which perish then we may become de- 

itual application as to God's dealings with -n-ork in the church, some who go before their pendable workers in the church of our Lord. 

churches and individuals, but its primary ref- classes with no preparation and, I am sorry to The teachers' lives should be consecrated, 

erenoe is to the treatment which he is receiv- s.ay it, there are some whose lives do not con- .lesus sends us all out in the world as teachers, 

ing from the .lewish hierarchy (Plummer). l^orni to the lessons they teach and expect teaching others to observe all things whatso- 

The Question About Tribute others to live. There are many neglected ever he has commanded us. We should study 

The different parties in opposition of Jesus qualifications to be considered in the discus- to show ourselves approved unto God, work- 
had planned their own and separate attacks sion of dependable Sunday school teachers. men that neet not to be ashamed, rightly 
nn .lesus. The calling in question the author- and this would sound much better to the dividing the word of truth. How are we to 
itv of .Tesus was the" work of the Sanhedrin teacher, could it be reasoned from the side of do this, if we have not the teaching of his 
as a whole- now the Pharisees send a group their better qualities than from the side of Word uppermost in our hearts and lives? In 
(20:20-26. See also Mt. 22:15-22; Mark 12: their faults, but for us to be reprimanded for this busy bustling world of today we spend 
13-17) composed of Pharisees and Herodians our mistakes prepares us an armor which if our time upon our business, in our homes, our 
to entrap hi;^ speech. This alliance is remark- we are willing to be clad in it makes us much housework, our pleasure, or other things that 
able, for the Pharisees' detested the Herodian better fitted and we are not so likely to make fade away as the sun in the western sky at 
dynasty, and this is not the first instance of the same mistakes again. Is it then inipor- night, and the fag ends of our time wa use 
siioh an' alliance (Mark 3:6). But. as Plum- taut to have dependable teachers on the Sun- in the service of our Master or the study of 
mer remarks, opponents often combine to at- day school roster? I Would say most assured- our lessons. Here is the reason why we have 
tack those who are obnoxious to both. It is ly, "yes." The average Sunday school teach- not been able to lead our scholars to Christ 
likely that by this combination they hoped er does not realize the great responsibility of and we have grown discouraged. We have 
"to deliver him to the rule of the Sanhedr'n this position or I ajn sure they would not not been able to do effective work with our 
and to the authority of the governor." frequent many places they do, and absent class because we ourselves have not kept fit. 



FEBRUARY 21, 1923 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



PAGE 11 



Save we been praying as we ought? Have we 
studied his Word as we ought? Have we 
taught with soul winning emphasis on our 
lips? 

The call of our Master Teacher today is 
first of all that we keep our lives hid in him, 
our great example. Second, that our lives be 
backed by effectual, fervent prayer that we 
may be led deeper and deeper into his Holy 
writ. And third, that we make a devoted, 
consecrated study of the great truths hid in 
the pages of God's holy Word. The time is 
iQOW when we as Sunday school teachers should 
realize the import.anee of our position before 
those we try to lead of Jesus Christ, and that 
we live before the world as vi-e teach them to 
live, for after all, "Our lives speak so loud 
that folks cannot hear what we say. ' ' 



The church is not a gallery for the display- 
ling of eminent Christians, but a school for 
the education of imperfect ones, a nursery for 
the care of the weak ones, and a hospital for 
'the healing of those who need assiduous care. 
\ — Henry Ward Beecher. 



White Gift Offerings 

SEVENTH REPORT 

Following are the contributions received 

from February 5 to February 17 in the order 
of their arrival: 

S. S., Carleton, Nebraska, $ 30.25 

(Previously reported, $54.23; Carle- 
ton's total, $84.48). 

S. S., Louisville, Ohio, 83.80 

S. S., Pittsburgh, Pa., 60.00 

Fremont, Ohio, 9.50 

Oakville, Indiana, 1.00 

(Previously reported $24.11). 

S. S., Listie, Penna., 6.00 

Ft. Scott, Kansas, , 6.67 

Total, $ 197.22 

Previously reported, 3,575.11 

Grand total, $3,722.33 

With Fremont 's offering reported this week 
Ohio joins Illiokota with contributions from 
3,11 schools and churches reporting last year. 
IRA D. SLOTTER, Treasurer, 
44 West Third Street. 



Order of Service for Children's Division 

BY MRS. NORA BR.\CKEN DAVIS 

Superintendeni of the Children's Di'oision 



SERVICE or WORSHIP 
Quiet Music. — After a short strain of 
quiet music is played to quiet the chil- 
the school may quote in concert. 



dren, 



2. 



3. 



"I was glad When they said unto me let 
us go into the house of the Lord. ' ' The 
children may then bow their heads in 
silent prayer while the quiet music con- 
tinues. 

Hymn — Enter into His Gates. (Prinuiry 
Carols.) 

"Enter into his gates with thaak;ii;iv- 
ing, 

And into his courts with praise; 
Be thankful unto him, and bless his 
name. 

For the Lord is good." 
Scripture Response. — Psalm 23 (Pri- 
mary), Psalm 100 (Juniors). 

4. Prayer Service. (Carols). 

"Lord, teach us how to pray. Oh tbou 

that hearest me. 

Let thine hand help ine. For thou art 

my God." 
Praysr. — A few moments of silent prayer, 
closing with the Lord's Prayer, or a coi7iiiion 
prayer by all the children. 
Resp,onse. — Hear my prayer O Lord, and keej^ 
me in all my ways. Amen, Amen. 

5. Offering Service. — Quiet music may be 
played while the offering is being lifted. 
The (Children will then quote together 2 
Cor. 9:7. . The offering should be 
brought to the front of the room by one 
member of each class. The superintend- 
end should then offer a prayer or have 

the children offer a common prayer that 
is appropriate for this service. Offering 
Song, (Carols, page 12). 
Hymn, — God is Love, (Tune, Silent 
Night). 

(1) "List to the song, beautiful son'.-, 
God is love, God is love. 
Hear the voices, forever they tell, softly 
softly the glad echoes swell, 



6. 



God is love, God is love, sweetly they 
whisper his love. 

(2) Hear in the breeze, whispering 
breeze, God is love, God is love. 

(3) Hear in all things, beautiful things, 
God is love, God is love. 

FELLOWSHIP SERVICE 

1. Welcome to new pupils and visitors. 

2. Birthda,y Recognition. 

The birthday child steps forward to the su- 
perintendent who holds the birthday offering 
receptacle, drops in Ms money and says: 
' ' I am a Birthday Child today, 
I must be gentle in my play 
And true in all I do and say 
I must walk kindly on my way. 
For I'm a Birthday Child today." 
The children then pray together the follow- 
ing prayer: 

' ' We thank thee, heavenly Father, 
For all thy loving care, 

That thou hast given (name of boy or girl) 
At home and everywhere 
For — (number of years) thou hast guarded 

him — her 
Asleep, at work, at play; 
O Father, love and care for him — her 
On this, and every day. ' ' 

The children may then sing a birthday 
song. 

Song — Tune, "Good Morning." 
Happy birthday to you! 
Happy birthday to you! 
Happy birthday, dear, (Name of child). 
Happy birthday to you! 

SPECIAL SERVICE 

Missionary, Temperance, Nature, Patriotic. 
INSTRUCTION PERIOD 

1. Making up the records. 

2. Memory work. 

3. New lesson taught. 

4. Dramatization of lesson or hand work il- 
lustrating the lesson. 



CLOSINO SERVICE 

Hymn. 

Memory verses by classes in concert. 

Closing prayer. 

NOTE: — This order of service is arranged 
so that it may be used for the Beginners, Pri- 
mary and Junior Departments of the chil- 
dren 's division when the three meet together 
for their worship period. Some of our schools 
still find it necessary, because of the lack of 
room or the lack of workers, for all the de- 
partments of the children 's division to meet 
together. In this case it is very necessary for 
superintendents to be careful in arranging the 
order of service so that it will meet the needs 
of all the children. 

The birthday recognition service which you 
find in this order of service was printed in 
The Teacher and Educator some few months 
ago, but only a few workers had found it 
there and a number of teachers and superin- 
tendents have been asking for it. For this 
reason we are printing it again. 

Your attention is again called to Primary 
Carols. Primary Carols and Junior Carols, 
published by Leyda Publishing Co., Wapello, 
Iowa, price 35 cents each, are two of the best 
hymn books we have found for this division. 



A New Bible School Feature 
At Winona Lake 

Plans are being formulated for a new de- 
parture in Bible school work as a specirl fea- 
ture of the program of thp Winona Assembly 
and Bible Conference at Winona Lake, Indi- 
ana. 

It is not so much a new school which is to 
be formed as it is a re-shap'ng or the casting 
into a new form of the Bible school work 
which has always been carried on at Winona 
Lake. 

The plan has come in response to an insis- 
tent demand on the part of many ministers, 
wishing to summer at Winona, for n Summer 
Bible School where they can spond their vaca- 
tion and do post-graduate work or supplement 
their training in an institution of creditable 
standing w'th the various universities, col- 
leges and Theological seminaries of the land. 

To this end the strongest teachers of our 
Theological seminaries have been secured .and 
the courses of study will be put on a plane 
that anyone doing satisfactory work in them 
will receive full cred't toward any degree 
work they may be doing or wish to do in the 
educational institutions iiist mentioned. Prac- 
tically all of these institutions thus far ap- 
proached have agreed to give such credit, pro- 
vided, of course, the work is of such a char- 
acter as will meet the requirements which 
they severally lay down and the one desiring 
such credits shall have already received his 
B. A. degree. 

There will be three hours of standard work 
per day for ministers only. There will al^o 
be one hour of popular Bible lecture work 
each day, which will be open to everyone. 

Courses will be offered in New and Old 
Testament Interpretation, Religious Educa- 
tion, Biblical Archeology, Philosophy of Re- 
ligion and other subjects such as are treated 
in the various Divinity schools of the coun- 
try 

It is planned that the school shall cover a 
period of four weeks from. July 20th to 
August 16th, iust preceding the great Bible 
Conference which will begin August 17th and 
close August 27th. 

For particulars write to Rev. W. E. Bieder- 
wolf. Dean of the school, Winona Lake, In- 
diana. 



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THE BEETHREN EVANGELIST 



FEBRUARY 21, 1923 



Send Home Missionary Funds to 
■WILLIAM A. GEARHART, 
Home Missionary Secretary, 

906 American Bldg-., Dayton, Ohio. 



MISSIONS 



Send Foreign Mission Funds to 

LOUIS S. BAUMAJV, 

Financial Secretary Foreign BOBrd» 

1330 E. Third St., Long Beach, California 



New Day of Home Missions Through Cooperation, Twenty- 
' eight, Denominations Working Together at Practical Tasks 



By Ralph Welles Keeler 



Those who jibe at denominational aggres- 
siveness may well give heed to the Sixteenth 
Annual Meeting of the Home Missions Coun- 
cil and the 'Coimeil of Women for Home Mis- 
sions just held at Atlantic City, New Jersey. 
For the Home Missions Council represents 42 
Home Mission Boards from 27 denominations 
and the Council of Women for Home Missions 
21 Boards and 21 denominations, a total of 63 
Boards and 28 denominations, — all doing busi- 
ness for the Kingdom of God in co-operative 
tasks. 

Wide-Spread. Co-operation 

Not only do these two Councils with their 
wide-spre.ad denominational affiliations them- 
selves work through joint Committees, but ac- 
cording to the report of Dr. A. W. Anthony, 
Executive Secretary and Eev. R. W. Roundy, 
Associate Secretary of the Home Missions 
Council and Miss Florence E. Quinlan, Exec- 
utive Secretary of the Council of Women for 
Home Missions, they also co-operate with the 
Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in 
America and its Commissions, the Y. M. C. A. 
and the Y. W. C. A., the Committee on Co- 
operation in Latin America, the Missionary 
Education Movement, the Council of Church 
Boards of Education, organizations represent- 
ing Sunday schools, Young People, Moral Re- 
forms, various agencies for publication, for 
survey and research, and branches of the 
Federal Government dealing with problems in 
the field of Home Missions. 

The report of the Joint Administrative Com- 
mittee emphasized the fact that it is the task 
of the central body to study and appraise 
Home Mission work as a whole 'and the work 
of all agencies in a given field; to note pro- 
gress, to disseminate information, to correlate 
activities^' and to bring all agencies at work 
in a given field together for conference for 
the purpose of harmonizing plans and allocat- 
ing responsibility. 

Concrete IlLustra,tions That Cheer 

That these two Home-Missions Councils are 
getting results in the field of co-operation bi'- 
tween denominational Home Missions agen- 
cies is seen in some of the concrete illustra- 
tions presented of work done by single do- 
nominations for all the other denominations. 
A Bureau of Information of Foreign Language 
Publications is maintained by the Board of 
Home Missions and Church Extension of the 
Methodist Episcopal church. Experime^ntal 
work in the field of recruiting candidates for 
the Home Mission field is made possible bv 
the Congregational Home Missionary Society, 
the Woman's American Baptist Home Mission- 
ary Society, and the Methodist Episcopal 
Board. The beginning of a Protestant Immi- 
grant Follow-up has been made possible 
through the loan of workers by the New York 
City Mission Society of the Protestant Epis- 
copal church and the gift of money by the 
Department of Work Among Poreign-born 
Americans of the Domestic and Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal 
church. This follow-up is an endeavor to fol- 
low Protestants who pass through Ellis Island 
to their final destination in the country, 
wherever it may be, and bring them into con- 
tact with the constructive agencies of the 
community,-^the industries, the homes, the 
schools, the churches, wholesome recreation, 
and those forms of Government which the new 
arrival ought to know. 

The recent publication of the Race Group 



Studies came about through their being edited 
by the Secretary of the Baptist City Mission 
Society of New York and the underwriting of 
their publication by different denominations. 
Colportage work among the Japanese on the 
Pacific Coast is maintained by the Methodist 
Episcopal church, South. A pamphlet on 
"First Steps in Church Building" was pre- 
pared by the Secretary of the Executive Com- 
mittee of Publications of the Presbyterian 
Church in the United States and the Archi- 
tect-Secretary of the American Baptist Home 
Mission Society. And "A Manual of Church 
Plans ' ' is now being prepared by a staff mem- 
ber of the Board of Home Missions and 
Church Extension of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, assisted by secretaries and architects 
of a half dozen other Boards. 

Denominations are ceasing to begin new de- 
partures in Home Missions work in the old 
competitive way of starting in without ref- 
erence to what any other denomination is do- 
ing. With representatives of the the staffs of 
all Home Mission agencies on the Committees 
of the Home Mission Council and the Council 
of Women for Home Missions, it is possible 
to secure the place of real need and the best 
point at which to make a beginning. This 
makes possible the securing of the approval 
and fellowship of those already at work in a 
given field and insures co-operative success. 

G-oodwllI and KingdiOm Programs 

Stress was laid at the Annual Meeting upon 
the promotion of good race relations between 
Negroes and Whites, between Japanese and 
other Oriental groups on the Pacific Coast and 
Americans, between the Mexicans of the 
Southwest and our native people, and between 
.Jews and Christians. Great gains in present- 
ing a united front through co-operation of 
Protestant agencies in Alaska, Porto Rico, 
Santa Domingo, Cuba, and the Canal Zone, 
were reported. A Committee on Religious 
Privileges for the Blind was appointed, and 
also one on Financial and Fiduciary Matters. 

Preceding the Annual Meeting a Conference 
of specialists in work in the field of Town and 
Country was held. Following the meeting. Ar- 
chitects and Secretaries of Chvu'ch Building- 
Boards met to plan for a better type of Church 
architecture, both as to beauty and to utility, 
with special reference to provision for wor- 
ship, religious education, social life and rec- 
rention. 

Home Mission Offerings 

THANKSGIVING offerings are still com- 
ing in and we hope they will continue to come 
until every church in our Brotherhood has had 
a part in this great work. The Home Field 
must be well cared for if the Brethren church 
is to accomplish that which her Master is ex- 
pecting of her. For the benefit of churches, 
auxiliary organizations or individuals who 
have delayed sending their offerings, we wish 
to state that there is no time Unlit set in 
which it should be sent to us, only that we 
are anxious that you do not forget about it. 
We do not want you to delay it until it is 
too late to get it in oxir annual report. 

Following are the receipts for the month of 
-Tanuary: 

General Fund 

Dividend on investment in Bldg. & 

Loan Ass'n., , $ 12.03 

Louisa Roof, Dayton, 0., 1-00 



A. D. Grubbs, Dayton, O., M 

Edith Kem, Dayton, O., M 

Br. Ch. (Col. Corner, Wabash, Ind., 
1st Br. Ch., Johnstown, Pa., 

Loyal Women 's Class, M 

Benjamin Goughnour, M 

John J. Benshoff, M 

Mrs. Mary A. Eeplogle, M 

Mrs. Berwin Evans, M 

S. H; Fyock, M 

John P. Reed, M 

Gertrude Lake^ M 

Albert Trent, M 

Edward Smith, M 

Br. Ch., Milledgeville, lU 

J. E. Miller, M 

Mrs. J. E. Miller, M 

Fannie Walker, M 

W. L. Miller, . . . .' M 

Mrs. W. A. Showalter, Harrisonburg, 
Va., M 

R. Paul Miller, Los Angeles, Cal., M 

Mrs. J. L. Bowman, New Bethlehem, 
Pa., 

Br. Ch., Turlock, Cal., 

Br. Chs. SmithvUle & (Sterling, O.) 

D. C. Steiner, Sterling, O., M 

R. K. Steiner, Weilersville, O., M 

B. M. Keller & Family, Accident, 
Md., 

Br. Ch., Ankenytown, O., 

E. C. Weimcr, Spirit Lake, Idaho, M 

Br. Ch., Dayton, O., 

Br. Ch., Sunnysicl.3, Wash., 

Mr. & Mrs. C. Rowland, M 

Esther Strout, . .M 

John Oleson, M 

Mr. & Mrs. J. W. Hunt, Johns- 
town, Pa., M 

Br. Ch., Des Moines, Iowa., 

Br. Ch., Dayton, Va., 

J. W. Thompson, M 

John B. Raish, ' M 

Mrs. Minnie Bowman, 

Br. Ch., Flora, Ind 

Mr. & Mrs. Lester Fife, M 

G. E. Society, M 

Walter V. Pearson, M 

Mr. & Mrs. Lee Myer, M 

Mrs. Clara Clark, M 

Mrs. John Sieber, M 

Bible Class No. 13, M 

Bible Class No. 11, M 

Bible Class No. 15, M 

Br. Ch., (Mt. View), Hollins, Va., 

W. M. S., Nappanee, Ind., M 

Br. Ch., Jones Mills, Pa., 

Br. Ch. (Maple Grove), Eaton, Ind., 

Mrs. Rosie Eichey, M 

Miss Crystal Richey, M 

Mrs. Fannie Cox, M 

Br. Ch. (Calvary), Pittstown, N. J., 

Br. Ch. & S. S., Wash., D. C, ... 
(Contributors names withheld, 
per request). 

1st Br. Ch., Los Angeles, Cal,, . . $ 

Wm. Noll, M 

Mrs. M. B. Harrison, M 

N. W. Jennings & Wife, M 

Mr. & Mrs. A. E. Hedrick, ...M 

Mr. & Mrs. Morris Leffler, M 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Sherer, M 

Mr. & Mrs. E. A. Snowden, M 

Mr. & Mrs. Harry Hooper, . . . . M 
Mrs. Ellen G. Lichty, M 

Br. Ch., Canton, O 

Miss Ella Geidlinger, M 

W. M. S., M 

Miss Vina Snyder, M 

Mrs. Zilpha Sutton, M 

Mrs. H. H. Herbruck, M 

Mrs. A. M. Fink, M 

Mr. & Mrs. F. B. Lindower, . . .M 

Mr. & Mrs. J. J. Hang, .M 

Loyal Women 's Bible Class, . . .M 



; FEBRUARY 21, 1923 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



PAG 



Miss Margaret Snyder, M 5.00 

Inez Summers, H 5.00 

C. E. Society, M 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Smith, M 5.00 

Willing Workers Bible Class, ..M 5.00 

F. C. Vanator & Wife, M 5.00 

3r. S. S., Maurertown, Va.^ 4.50 

ii. Ch., Portis, Kansas, 26.77 

ir. Oh., Limestone, Tenn., 25.75 

|3r. Ch., Eoann, Ind., 2.86 

virs. Susan Bezona, Buena Park, 

Cal., '. M 5.00 

3r. Ch., Seven Fountains, Va., . . . 6.35 

3r. Ch., Huntington, Ind., 12.40 

3r. Ch., Laverne, Cal., I..j0 

'Si. D. Wright, Eaeket, W. Va., . . M o.OO 

i3r. Ch., Carleton, Neb., (add.) . . 1.00 
liirs. D. W. Campbell, Sandusky, 

O., 2.00 

1st Br. Ch., Ashland, O, (add.), . 10.00 
ilrs. Lulu Gingery, Dayton, O., . . M 5.00 
3r. Ch. (Compton Ave.), Los An- 
geles, Cal., .12.50 

!3r. Ch., Udell, Iowa, 13.00 

M. W. Eikenberry, Kokomo, Ind., 1.00 
ingeline Eikenberry, Kokomo, 

Ind., 1.00 

l^arren Eikenberry, Kokomo, Ind., .50 

'3r. Ch., New Enterprise, Ind., . . . 17.00 

3r. S. S., Burlington, Ind., :il.00 

'3r. Ch., Allentown, Pa., 30.00 

list Br. Ch., South Bend, Ind., . . 10.00 

'3r. Ch., Davton, Va., 3.00 

iSr. Ch., Washington, D. C, 10.00 

ird Br. Ch., Phila., Pa., 20.67 

3rion E. Bowman, Dayton, O., . . 10.00 

Br. Ch. a S. S., Hagerstown, Md., 172.50 



Alice Sehindle, M 

Dr. J. M. Tombaugh, M 

Mr. & Mrs. N. Fahrney, M 

Eev. & Mrs. G. C. Carpenter, . .M 

Mr. & Mrs. C. F. Myers, M 

Ladies ' Aid Society, M 

D. P. Sehindle, M 

A. Eoy Spre her, M 

Miss Delia Cross, M 

H. M. MusselDian, M 

W. M. S., M 

Mr. & Mrs. J. S. Hereter, M 

Frank N. Fahrney, M 

Mrs. W. N. Beacy, M 

C. H. Etfhrer, M 

Mrs. C. H. Eohrer, M 

C. E. Society, M 

Kentucky Fund 

Mrs. W. A. Showalter, Harrison- 
burg, Va., M 

Br. Ch., Turlock, Cal., 

E. C. Weimer, Spirit Lake, Idaho, M 

Br. Ch., Sunnyside, Wash., 

Mr. & Mrs. James W. Hunt, Johns- 
town, Pa., M 

Mrs. John Sieber, Flora, Ind., . . . M 

Br. Ch. & S. S., Wash, B.C., 

1st Br. Ch., Los Angeles Cat, .... 

Wm. Noll, M 

N. W. Jennings & Wife, M 

Mr. & Mrs. A. E. Hedrick, M 

Mr. & Mrs. I. A. Miller, M 

Mr. & Mrs. Morris Lefiflor, M 

Mr. & Mrs. E. A. Snowden, . . .M 

Mr. & Mrs. Harry Hooper, M 

Mrs. Ellen G. Lichty, M 

Br. Ch., Turloek, Giil., 



6.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
6.00 

10.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 

20.50 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 

25.00 



10.00 

45.50 

5.00 

17.25 

12.50 
4.00 
3.00 

44.0S 
2.50 
2.50 
2.50 

10.00 
5.00 
2.50 
2.50 
5.00 

61.72 



J. S. C. Spickerman, Maryville, 

Mo., , j.OO 

Br. Oh., Laverne, Calif 20.15 

Mrs. D. W. Campbell, Sandusky -, 

O., 2.00 

Br. Ch. (Compton Ave.), Los A 

geles, Cal., 2.00 

Elnora Fike, Terra Alta, W. Va , lO.f ^ 

Br. S. S., Elkhart, Ind., 35.0> 

W. M. S., Milledgeville, 111., 10.00 

Br. Ch., N. Manchester, Ind., 7.00 

Br. Ch., N. Manchester, Ind,, 6.00 

Dividend on investment in Btiild- 

ing & Loan, 7.48 

Total receipts during January for 

General Fund, $1,710.19 

Total receipts during January for 

Kentucky Funds, $ 333.70 

Dividend on Muncie, Indiana 

Building Fund, 16.97 

Dividend on Peru, Ind., Bldg. 

Fund, 36.36 

Dividend on 3rd Ch., Philadelphia 

^a., Bldg. Fund, 97.60 

xVliscellaneous Fund, 5.00 

Total .$ 155.93 

Summary 

Genc-ral Fund, $1,710.19 

K'ntuekv Fund, . . • 333.70 

Other Funds, 155.93 

Grand total receipts for January,. . $2,199.82 
Eespectfully submitted, 
WILLIAM A. GEAEHAET, 
Home Mission Secretary. 



NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



POKTIS, KANSAS 

Being somewhat delinquent about reporting 
the work here, we will line up now even at a 
late hour. We have been enjoying the good 
reports in the paper recently. I know some 
Df you are wondering about us, so first, we 
jwill mention our new church. 

Dedication 

With a long hard pull by our faithful Breth- 
ren, we were able on December 17tk last to 
go over the top in fine shape in every way. 
The fire last June caused these folks to go 
to work to jemodel and enlarge the old build- 
ing, at an expense of approximately $6500.00. 
When the work was almost completed with the; 
fine new oak pews installed, we found we 
would need about $2600.00 above the subscrip- 
tions and pledges. We 'had planned on Broth- 
er J. F. Watson assisting us on this day, but 
iickness at home prevented his coming, so the 
day's work fell on the pastor. However the 
Lord has always helped us in every emer- 
gency, and he did that day. We gave the 
dedicatory sermon, then raised the needed 
amount in just 30 minutes. Some of the breth- 
ren afterwards said, "Deeter is a $100.00 a 
minute man." In the afternoon we held a 
fellowship service, in which we gave duo rec- 
lognition to the building committee, and 
others who worked so faithfully to accomplish 
a feat of which we are ALL duly proud. The 
pastors of the city gave short talks also. In 
the evening we again gave the rae.ssage, prt-- 
ceded by a sort of a general confession meet- 
ing. Some of the good brethren thought wc 
could not go over the top with the finances, 
so we gave them opportunity to say they were 
glad for the results of the day. To say every- 
one felt happy is putting it mildly. They felt 
like Paul, "Eejoiee, and again I say, EE- 
JOICE," and they could not hold themselves 
back, but expressed their joy and acknow- 
ledged that back of the accomplishment was 
the will of God. 



The Eevival 

On December 17th was also the beginning of 
our fall revival Which closed on January 8th. 
We held the fort with the help of God during 
these three weeks. Some of the happy days 
of my life were during these meetings. One 
of my own brothers, a sister and her husband 
came over 100 miles one day to attend the 
meeting. That night they came forward at 
the invitation, and we baptized theiu at the 




W. R. DEETER 
Pastor of the Portis Church 



close of the service. We had long prayed for 
just such an opportunity. Folks began com- 
ing the second night of the meetings. That 
was very unusual. One woman who was in 
the city spending holiday vacation with her 
father, came and made the good confession 
one night. We gave her Christian baptism on 
New Year's day, and she went to her home 
in Eastern Kansas, rejoicing, saying, she was 
going to try and have her eight children in 
the church by spring. Praise the Lord! We 
closed on Monday evening with a reception 
of an unusual nature. First we baptized the 
remaining applicants in the basement baptis- 
try; had confirmation service up stairs, and 
received them into full fellowship, giving 
theiu each a certificate of Triune Baptism. 
Some specially prepared hymns were used. 
Several lay-members gave short talks on, 
' ' How we may make new members feel wel- 
come, ' ' and ' ' How we can help them. ' ' It 
was a glorious service. The final results are. 
Eleven received into the church, one of which 
came from the Church of the Brethren, and 
baptized four others who will make their 
church home elsewhere in the state. The best 
of spirit prevails both among the membership, 
and community at large. 

The new plant gives us ample room for 
Sunday school work both in the basement and 
upstairs. The new corps of officers and teach- 
ers arc taking hold of the work and we are 
pressing forward. The attendance is larger 
than ever in every way. The interest is hold- 
ing up well. There are some real Brethren 
here who are helping to make things go. 

We have reorganized the Junior and Senior 
Endeavorers, and they are doing their share 
to keep things on the go. 

The midweek services are interesting to all 
wlio attend, and the attendance is increasing 
each week. We are studying Matthew chap- 
ter by chapter. We spend an hour to an hour 
and a quarter discussing and reading. 

We have recently organized a Troop of Boy 



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FEBRUARY 21, 1923 



Scouts with 23 members, and they promise to 
give us something to do to properiy care for 
the boy problem in one respect at least. 

The Sisterhood Girls are doing good work 
and are holding their meetings reguiarJy. 'Ihis 
organization promises to become a strong fac- 
tor in the worJi of the church in the future. 

The W. M. fcS. are doing exceptionally well 
in their work. On Thanksgiving day they 
served nearly 500 meais to the public in our 
new basement. Just let me say this, you 
ehurcues who are strugglmg along with inade- 
quate equipment and room, just try expanaing, 
aig a basement with plenty of room and t'heu 
when you want to do something BIG, you can 
do it. This one day brought profit enough to 
more than half pay for the entire basoiueut 
room, saying notning about the good it does 
in many otner ways. The women have been 
conducting food sales on Saturday for some 
time. They say ' ' we never saw the time when 
money 'just rolls in' for us, like it does now." 
Their treasury was empty before dedication; 
t'hoy borrowed $100 on faith and trusted the 
Lord for the rest. Now the $100 is paid back 
and all other bills and mission apportion- 
ments canceled. O for more FAITH and 
TRUST in the Lord's work. Brethren, where 
is our faith? "O ye of little faith." 

We are planning on a new feature of 
church reception soon. We have observed all 
the special days so far, and will continue to 
do so for the help of the church at large. 

We are happy in the work of the Lord. He 
has blessed us in many ways since we have 
come west. He has given us better health, 
and we are rejoicing with him. 



PARODY OF "THE LITTLE BROWN 
"CHURCH IN THE DELL" 

(Used at the Dedication of the Portis, Kan- 
sas, Church). 

"There's a new Brethren Church in our Por- 
tis, 

A place where God loves to dwell. 
A spot growing dear unto childhood, 

A place dear to others as well. 

CHORUS: 

So we '11 come, come, come, come, 
Come to old Portis in the valley, 

The place where we all love to dwell, 
We'll worship the God of all ages. 

And his Gospel to others we'll tell. 

"There are homes all around old Portis, 
As farmers they toil day by day. 

They want to be Heralds of gladness, 
As they go o'er the land on their way. 

"How sweet on a clear Sabbath mornini^, 
To list to the clear ringing bell; 

Its tones so sweetly are calling. 

Oh, come to the church in the vale. 

There close by the church on the hillside, 
Lies those that we loved so well; 

They sleep, sweetly sleep on the prairie, 
Disturb not their rest on the hill." 

W. R. DEETER. 



A MOTHER'S REPORT 

We enjoy so much reading the reports of 
work throughout the brotherhood that we 
know others will be glad to hear from here. 

My son, Charles, nas been preaching in our 
Virginia churcnes for more than a year and 
a half, but he has not sent a report of any 
of his work to The Evangelist. 

During the last week in October my son and 
his wife and two baby boys were with us at 
Woodstock while he held a one week's meet- 
ing at Narrow Passage. The Power of Christ 
to Save was present in the meeting and on 
Sunday afternoon five were baptized in the 
Shenandoah River. 

Narrow Passage is a elifl: over which the 
National Highway passes, three miles south of 
Woodstock, with the river on one side and a 



creek on the other side. It is also the name 
of the community and the country school 
house in which the meeting was held. The 
subject of one of the sermons was vi;ry ap- 
propriately called the ' ' Narrow Passage on tne 
Juagment Day." 

A union Sunday school has been held in 
this school house for the past two years and 
now a church is being built. We had eight 
Brethren people there in this community be- 
fore the meeting and three of those becoming 
Brethren at this time are from other families. 

There were a number of reconsecrations and 
promises for the future when the new church 
IS completed and Charles can come back to 
hold a longer meeting. 

MRS. G. HARRY HAUN, 

Woodstock, Virginia 



OAKVILLE, INDIANA 

It has been some time since there has been 
a report sent in from this place. This does 
not mean that there has been nothing to re- 
port, but rather on the contrary. We nave all 
been so busy that we have not taken time to 
tell you what we are doing. 

Brother S. Lowman came among us the 
first of last October and soon after we began 
a revival which lasted for three weeks, re- 
sulting in three confessions all of which were 
received into the c'hurch by baptism. Crowds 
and interest were fine. Many came for sev- 
eral miles to attend, and many folks of other 
denominations also came for great distances 
to hear the splendid messages and appeals of 
Brother Lowman. We believe several others 
were very near the kingdom, but when the 
meeting closed they were ' ' still just outside 
the door." 

Next came our Thanksgiving offering which 
was just about double what it was a year 
ago. On Christmas eve the Sunday school ren- 
dered the pageant Bethlehem's Star, which 
was beautifully done before a crowded house 
from which about $20.00 was given to the 
White Gift offering. 

Beginning the year 1923, our Sunday school 
started using the Birthday box, the proceeds 
from which will be given to missions at fas- 
ter time and Thanksgiving. We are anxious- 
ly waiting to see what the results will be. The 
Sunday school also took some steps toward 
using literature which we felt was more suit- 
able to our needs and more in harmony with 
the teachings of the Brethren faith. A copy 
of the Sunday School Times is now being sent 
to the pastor, Sunday school superinteudeiit, 
and each Sunday school teacher. 

Our W. M. S. is meeting regularly and have 
all the work they can take care of. The S. 
M. M. is also active and recently on Satur- 
day evening served a supper. Which was fol- 
lowed by a musicEil program. The W. M. S. 
and the S. M. M. and also a few other.-? are 
just completing the study of "The Trend of 
the Races," the mission study book for this 
year. 

We have been getting ready to build a iiew 
church for the last three or four years, but 
have put it off on account of high prices, 
financial depression, etc., until now we think 
the time is ripe to go a'head. Several meet- 
ings have been held to that effect, commit- 
tees have been sent out to find the concensus 
of opinion and to receive subscriptions to- 
ward building our church, with the proviso 
that the new building was to be built for not 
to exceed $12,000.00. The result was very sur- 
prising to us all. Nearly all of the amount 
has been subscribed and only one subscription 
outside the membership of the church. 

On Tuesday evening, February 6th, we had 
another call-meeting which was well attended, 
and at which time the committees were se- 
lected to carry on the work, which were as 
follows: 

Building committee: Jesse C. Swain, George 
Hoover, Chas. M. Holsinger, Charlie S. Kern, 
and Eva P. Metzker. 



Superintendent of construction: Rev. S 
Lowman; Assistant, C. C. Cory. 

Treasurer of the Building Fund, W. D. Hoi 
singer. We will continue to use the oh 
church up to and including our pre-Easter .ser 
vices which will close Easter Sunday. Worl 
of wrecking the old structure is to begin oi 
Easter Monday. We are planning to use thi 
school building for our serviced until the neT 
church is ready for use. 

Just a word as to the plans for our ne-w 
church. Outside dimensions will be about & 
feet by 72 feet, to be built of building tile oJ 
shale and stucco finish on them. Seven Sun 
day school rooms, three of which can bi 
thrown into the main auditorium. Slopinj 
floor, balcony, choir loft, baptistry, and : 
basement under the entire structure. Base 
ment will be fitted with fur.'iace ind fue 
rooms, kitchen, toilets, water supplied by ou: 
own individual pumping system, and ;i iarg: 
room for serving meals or for social event 
in connection with the church activities. 

Just what strides we may be able to maki 
during the summer under the circumstances i 
would be hard to estimate, but we oelievi 
after our new house of worship is ready fo 
use, that we shall see the best days the loca 
church has ever known. We have faith to be 
lieve that we are taking a m'ghty step to 
ward progress, and if all is done in the nam 
of the Lord we believe he will amply rewan 
us. Those who have passed through a simi 
lar experience, know what we will have t 
face for a while, and we earnestly solicit th 
prayers of the brotherhood that wa may b 
able to eai'ry out our plans in a way that wi] 
be pleasing to our Master, and erect a ehurc! 
that we may all be proud of, doing it aU i: 
a spirit of harmony, that we may all bo o 
one accord. 

CHARLIE S. KEEN, Secretary. 



NEWS OF THE COLIJJGE 

Dr. Bame and Rev. Gearhart paid the Co^ 
lege a visit last week, coming here to consul 
with Dr. Teeter, Dr. Miller and the writer re! 
ative to the Bicentenary. The follow in 
morning Dr. Bame gave a most excellent ac 
dress at the Chapel hour. Of all the men wh 
visit the chapel, none receive a better or mor 
enthusiastic hearing than Dr. Bame. 

Thursday, February 8th, we held memorin 
services for Paul Cover, who passed away sue 
denly recently. Mr. Pfleiderer, president o 
Philo spoke in behalf of that organizatioi 
Mr. Kellogg, president of the Freghman class 
of which Paul was a member, spoke on behal 
of the Freshmen and Mr. Barnard, presiden 
of the Y. M. C. A. spoke for the "Y." Dea: 
Miller offered prayer, and Miss Rutt sanf 
"When I survey the Wondrous Cross." Th 
writer also spoke. 

Professor DeLozier was called recently t 
Altoona, Pennsylvania, to the funeral <if ! 
relative. 

Steam was recently turned into the ne\ 
building. It is conveyed under ground fron 
the heating plant in the old building so W' 
get the use of all the rooms in the new build 
ing. It was gratifying to note that the heat 
ing of the new building promises to be satis 
factory. 

Dr. Shively recently addressed the Lion' 
Club at their weekly noonday luncheon. H 
also preached the sermon in the chapel Sun 
day morning, the 11th. 

The church has taken up the Mission Stud; 
book relative to the Negro, in its Churcl 
School of Missions. 

The mother of our Brother Charles Anspael 
now in the University of Michigan, died re 
cently at her home in Findlay, Ohio. Hi 
grandfather, Elder Loose, is very poorly a 
this writing. 

EDWIN E. JACOBS. 



FEBRUARY 21, 1923 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



PAGE 15 



EOANOKE, VIRGINIA 

We tried hard to have a revival but in the 
pastor's view it failed to come. You may say 
we did not prepare right and to this your ser- 
vant agrees. Although a fast and prayer was 
announced and observed by several of the 
members for two days. With some it was 
ceaseless prayers and cries to God for Vic- 
Itory. However, so far it has not come, in my 
judgment. There are problems in life that 
we cannot understand, and this is one in my 
life. 

The faithful few of our brethren and sis- 
ters here, did nobly and I confess we 'have 
some fine and good workers as well as good 
Christians at Koanoke. This makes the prob- 
lem double in size and there is no other ex- 
cuse than in the preaching and I know it was 
not the best but I thought it the poorest ever 
done. It felt frequently like beating the air, 
and that it was an emptiness when the great 
power of God s'hould have been overwhelming. 
The immediate results are six by baptism and 
two by relation. 

As for myself and family we are still dis- 
contented with the housing situation here, but 
as yet no changes have been made. 

During the month of January we had a 
great deal of sickness, our musicians were sick 
or kept home and for two nights we sang 
without instrumental music. These mentioned 
as sick were with us when they should have 
stayed at home, but their interest in the 
Lord's work made them think of God and his 
work first. It was not alone sickness that 
seemed to hinder our attendance, but some 
nights it rained hard and for nearly the 
whole of the last week it was stormy and 
iey, the streets were almost impassible. 

Prof. J. M. Bowman of Harrisonburg was 
with us for the greater part of our services 
and he was a great help to us and our mem- 
bers. His sweet Christian life means a bless- 
ing to those with whom he comes in contact. 
He believes in fervent effectual prayer to be 
the power in man to move God to hear his 
children. 

Sister Emma Aboud held a service out at 
the Oak Grove school house and the result 
from that service brought five additional to 
our church. Three of these were received by 
letters and two by baptism. These are fine 
people and we trust the same to be a blessed 
asset to our church. The pastor is well pleased 
with the work that Sister Aboud did in Roan- 
oke and out in the country. Miss Aboud is 
well liked here and this last time here and 
the third time with' the pastor, we confess her 
spiritual life is deeper and her messages more 
effective than before. The lectures delivered 
in our church here the week before Christmas 
were the best we have heard on the Holy Land. 
The description was vivid and deeply interest- 
ing. We think that the visit to the country 
of Palestine last year has wonderfully inspired 
and equipped her for greater work for the 
brethren than ever beore. May God bless her 
and make her still more useful for him. 

S. E. CHRISTIANSEN. 



ROAUOKE, VIRGINIA 

We ask your kindness to permit one to 
write a few lines for the First Brethren church 
of Roanoke, Virginia. We have waited too 
long to write, but will try to write oftener 
hereafter. The work at this place is some- 
what on a standstill in both the church and 
Sunday school. It is not what we would like 
to see it be. But if the brethren were as- 
loyal to God as they are to their union organ- 
izations we would" go forth and accomplish 
greater things for the Master. We cannot put 
the blame on our pastor, for Brother S. E. 
Christiansen is out and out for the Master. He 
doesn't shun to declare the whole Gospel. We 
have just closed a series of revival services 
which were conducted by the pastor. The 
sermons were wonderful, and they were de- 
livered with power which was accompanied 
by the Holy Ghost. 



Brother J. M. Bowman conducted the song 
services the most of the time. There were 
5 added to the church. Brother Christiansen 
is not satisfied and we are not either. But 
brethren, praise the Lord, if there had not 
been but one. The good seed has been sown 
and it will bring fruit in due season. We can 
only labor, but it takes the Lord to give the 
results. We don't lay stress on the handi- 
caps and drawbacks but we look forward with 
fond anticipations and wait with patience for 
the Lord to fulfill his promises. The Master 
has left this precious promise as well as many 
others that whatsoever we should ask in faith 
believing, we would receive it. Therefore, 
Brethren, we do not look on the Lord in the 
least degree as a slacker, but as a rcwarder 
and as a deliverer. For he not only does what 
we ask, but more than we can even think or 
ask, and he wants his children to ask largely 
that he may bestow great blessings upon 
them. Brethren, pray for us as a body of 
loyal workers for the Master, that great and 
lasting good may be accomplished by the First 
Brethren church of Roanoke, Virginia. This 
is our prayer for the Master's cause, and that 
God will add to the church daily such as 
should be saved. 

W. J. SPANGLER, 
Corresponding Secretary. 



UDELL, IOWA 



We have just been reading reports of the 
different revival meetings in The Evangelist 
and the thought occurred to us that some of 
our old friends would be glad to hear of the 
work at Udell. 

As you know Brother Kemp is our pastor 
and he wrote you some little time ago an ac- 
count of the work here and the boys' club 
work which he had organized. Also the union 
prayer meeting which meets each Thursday 
evening with an average attendance of 5U or 
60. 

But just now Ae wish to tell you of our re- 
vival meetings just closed after a four weeks' 
session. Brother Kemp asked us, some three 
or four months ago, to commence praying 
and planning for a revival in January. Also 
that we pray that God would put us in touch 
with the right man. When the time came to 
either hold the revival or lose much that we 
had accomplished, we had not secured the ser- 
vices of an evangelist. Brother Komp told us 
if we would back him with our prayers and 
work that with God's help we would hold one 
ourselves. 

The first three weeks the weather and roads 
were fine, attendance and spiritual interest in- 
creased as the meetings progressed and thoug'h 
during the last week we had some stormy 
weather it made no difference, the crowds 
came anyway. Not in many, many years has 
the community seen such a revival. The peo- 
ple prayed and worked and the Holy Spirit 
demonstrated his power and preaching Christ 
and him crucified won again as it always will. 
People were hungry for the old-time gospel. 

Visible results — t'hirty-four conversions, and 
we feel the work just begun. We feel many 
more will come in the near future and only 
eternity can tell what the result of this meet- 
ing will be. We are glad Brother Kemp does 
not leave as the meetings close, but is to be 
with us to help the good work along. 

It was an inspiring sight to see heads of 
families march down the aisle and confess 
Christ. And also to see great, strong young 
men go down into the baptismal water, then 
rise and walk in newness of life. Much praise 
is due to the teachers of our public school and 
young people of our community, who so ably 
assisted in the song service. 

The last night of the meeting there was 
not standing room for the crowds that came. 
The free will offering that was taken the last 
night showed the sentiment of the community 



towards Brother Kemp, as it was two hundred 
and fifty dollars, and we all felt that he had 
earned it. 

"Rejoice with them that do rejoice." 

OEA POWELL, Secretary. 



REPORT FROM MORRILL, EJUSTSAS 

Although we have been silent for a long 
time we have not been idle in the least. Since 
our last report we have enjoyed many good 
things. In the early winter we had Brother 
M. A. Stuckey with us in the interest of our 
Sunday school. We found him to be a man 
that knows his work and is fearless in telling 
of it. Our school felt very much the uplift 
that came from his earnest addresses. Gome 
again, brother. At Chnstmas time the school 
put on one of the best programs we have ever 
given. We presented the pageant, — "Christ- 
mas at the Little Brown House." Brother D. 
E. Wagner was the director of the affair and 
put it across in flue shape. At the close of 
the service the different departments of the 
school brought forth their WHITE GIFT caus- 
ing the service to close in a very impressive 
manner. 

On January 2.1, Brother J. F. Watson came 
to us for a short meeting. The two weeks 
that he spent in our midst was a time of feast- 
ing in spiritual things. His sermons were all 
masterpieces and well chosen to meet the 
needs that are peculiar to the field. Sin was 
unblanketed in every respect, and the remedy 
— which can only be found in the Christ was 
always brought forth in a forcible yet very 
pleasing way. It surely did our soul good to 
labor for a time with one whom v/e have 
known since the early days of our ministry. 
The immediate result of the meeting was all 
that could be e|xpeeted in this field which has 
been very thoroughly gleaned. There were 
ten confessions. Seven of these have been 
baptized and taken into the church, three re- 
main to be baptized later. Three young la- 
dies came by relation, making thirteen in all. 
Previous to the meeting's I had baptized two, 
and the Sunday following the meeting one 
lady came by letter, making a total of sixteen 
since our last report. This makes the fifth 
year for us with the brethren here and I see 
no reason why it cannot be the very best. We 
have found them a very loyal people which has 
made our labors with them very pleasant. We 
are planning to be with the Brethren at Mui- 
vane, our old home church, for a few days the 
latter part of the month, when they are cel- 
ebrating the thirty-ninth anniversary of the 
organization there. May the Lord prosper his 
work everywhere. 

A. E. WHITTED. 



THE MEANING OF LIFE 

We live in deeds, not years; m thoughts, not 

breaths; 
In feelings, not in figures on a dial. 
We should count time by heart-throbs. He 

most lives 
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the 

best. 
Life's but a means unto an end; that end 
Beginning, mean, and end to all things- God. 



ANNOUNCEMENTS 



OPEN FOR EVANGELISTIC MEETING 

If some church wants a two weeks' meet- 
ing yet this spring, or if some church wants 
a three weeks' meeting and the pastor is 
willing to preach the first week and let me 
preach the closing two weeks, I can hold such 
a meeting. I have turned down a number of 
revival calls, but by special arrangement, I 
can now give two weeks to some church, if it 
is not too late. B. T. BURNWORTH. 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



FEBRUARY 21, 1923 



Business Manager's Corner 



EVANGELIST RENEWALS 

It is pretty generally understood that this 
is the time of year when a largo number of 
subscriptions to The Evangelist expire. I 
think too that more than lifty percent of our 
subscribers are on the HONOR EOI.L list of 
churches, and many of them are proud of iiiat 
fact and others have been firmly cojivjnced 
by their experience that that is by far the 
best way the matter can be haudloj m the 
local congregations. 

Many churches have renewed their Honor 
Roll lists since our last report and we will list 
them in order, but before doing th.s we wish 
to call special attention to the letter from 
the secretary of the Oakville, Indiana Brilh- 
ren church as it appears elsewhere in this 
paper. 

The churches that have renewed their Hon- 
or Roll lists s.nce our last report are as fol- 
lows: New Paris, Indiana, fourth year; Elk- 
hart, Indiana, fourth year; Third Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, Peunsylvan^a lost out for 
a couple of years, but returned to the fold 
this year with a larger list than ever; Mar- 
tinsburg, Pennsylvania, fourth year; Fair- 
haven Brethren church, Ohio, fourth year; 
Berne, Indiana, fourth year; Harrisonburg, 
Virginia, second year; Whittier, California, 
fourth year; Waterloo, low'a, fourth year; 
OakviUe, Indiana, fifth year; Nappanee, Indi- 
ana, fifth year; Mexico, Indiana, fourth year; 
McLouth, Kansas, second year; Morrill, Kan- 
sas, fifth year; Zion Hill, Ohio, third year; 
Hagerstown, Maryland, third year; Buckeye 
City, Ohio, third year; Gratis, Ohio, third 
year. And thus the good work goes on, and 
we wish to express our appreciat-on in this 
way to these good people who have the pub- 
lishing interests of their church at heart. 
There are still a number of our best churches 
that we are expecting to be able to report 
soon. 

(Since the above was set in type the 
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania church has come 
into the Honor Roll fold.) 



ble. Mail us an order for one dozen or more 
at once as we published only a limited eoi- 
tion. 

However if this edition sells readily we 
will bring out another edition when vhis one 
is disposed of. 



More About the Aimual 

We have made several urgent calls to have 
any unsold copies of The Brethr.-n Annual 
that may be in the hands of any of our pas- 
tors returned to us, but have had only a very 
few to respond to our call. We wonder if they 
have all been sold, if so we would appreciate 
a remittance for the same, or we would be 
glad to have any unsold copies returned to 
us, as we have a few urgent calls for them 
that we are not able to fill. If you have only 
one extra copy we would be glad to have it 
returned to us. 



Tracts — Doctrinal Statements 

The Brethren church has never had an ade- 
quate supply of tracts and small booklets for 
general distribution. We have been endea- 
voring to add to the supply from time to time 
during the past couple of years, and just re- 
cently we have published what the Business 
Manager believes to be the best little booklet 
of its kind ever produced by The Brethren 
Publishing House. It is "Doctrinal State- 
ments" by Dr. J. Allen Miller, Dean of Ash- 
land Seminary. This is not a creed, neither is 
it a summary of faith, but it is the brief'^st 
statement possible of the plainest doctrinal 
teaching of the word of God on a number of 
important subjects. 

The booklet contains fifty-two pages end 
cover, and sells for ten cents per copy or 
seventy-five cents per dozen. 

Any pastor can sell from one dozen ro fifty 
copies to his congregation without any trou- 



Publication Day 

Publication Day for this year is a thing of 
the past with most of our churches, aiul we 
trust that, though there are many churches 
that have not yet reported, there are but a 
few that have not made their offering. 

We wish we had the space to print extracts 
from a goodly number of letters that came 
with offerings from individual members of the 
Brethren church who made personal gifts to 
this cause, some of them like the "widow's 
mite," "even all her living." One -;ood 
brother living back in the mountains of Penn- 
S3'lvania, wrote, "I am sending you my 'last 
and only dollar, but I love to do it.' " The 
widow of one of our pioneer preachers sent us 
fifty cents out of her penury with a prayer 
for the cause she and her late husband 
loved so much. Another aged and almost help- 
less of the ' ' old war horses " of " progresslv- 
isni" sent a dollar out of his want, and thus 
we could keep on telling of the devotion of 
the poor to their beloved cause, but it makes 
the business manager feel just a kttlc embar- 
rassed as he thinks of the gifts of some of the 
rest of us who are better situated than these. 

This is the report of the offerings received 
up to this date: 

E. A. Swinehart, $ 5.00 

Mrs. C. J. Hites, 1.00 

Nell Zetty, .so 

J. S. C. Spickerman, 5.00 

Clara J. Niebel, 1.00 

Mary A. Snyder, 1.00 

Mrs. D. W. Campbell, '. . . 3.00 

E. P. Shipley, 1.00 

M. W. Eikenberry and Wife, 1.00 

Mrs. Emanual Gr.so, 2.00 

Mrs. D. J. Myers, I.OO 

R. F. Shipley another 1.00 

H. A. Studebakor, I.OO 

Mrs. Lillie Packer, 5.00 

C. B. Newcomer, 4.00 

Roy Titus, 5.17 

Mrs. Walter Mason, .50 

Mrs. C. Hanawalt, 1.00 

Mrs. Anna Ruble, 5.00 

Miss Edna Knepper, 1.00 

Effie Koramerley, 1 00 

Mrs. Eixie Gray, 2.00 

Annie O. Barr, 1.10 

J. S. Hazen and wife, 5.00 

Etta Studebaker, l.oo 

Mr. & Mrs. L. E. Snyder, 1.00 

Mrs. H. S. Enslow, .50 

Mrs. Clara McBrien, 1.00 

B. H. Baxter, 1.00 

Mrs. Susan Wyman, 1.00 

Nancy Housley, 5.00 

M. C. Mack, 1.00 

M. A. Carpenter, 5.00 

Jacob A. Foutz, 1.00 

Blanche Hoover, 5.00 

Mrs. Will Overholt, 50 

Anna Cashour, 2.00 



Mrs. W. H. Kirkpatrick, Jr., l.OC 

Mrs. Roy Decker, ^ l.OC 

Henry Kline, I.UC 

Jacob Isiniinger, 2.0C 

Mrs. John Ogden, 2.0C 

The Spiggles, 2.0C 

Mr. & Mrs. J. R. Brewer, I.OO 

Elizabeth Huston, l.CO 

New Paris Brethren church, 11.50 

George Simmons, l.OC 

S. O. & Clara Berkebile, 2.00 

Fairview Brethren church, 9.17 

J. A. 'Dancer, 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Morgan, 1.00 

A. B. Johnson, 5.O0 

New Enterprise Brethren church, . . . 7.47 

C. J. Larmon, 2.00 

Catharine A. Wilson, 1.00 

Olga E. Heltman, 3.00 

Aaron Showaltcr, 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. I. D. Blotter, 5.00 

Hagerstown Brethren church, 33.45 

R. R. Boone, 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. E. Miller, 10.00 

Mrs. Blanche Bush, 1.00 

Mrs. C. A. Will, 2.00 

Gretna Brethren church, 20.25 

Mt. Pleasant Brethren church, 6.00 

Middlebranch Brethren church, 14.34 

M. W. Horner, I.OO 

Mrs. A. G. Brewers, 1.00 

W. C. Hanawalt, I.OO 

Mrs. C. T. VanLear, I.OO 

Milledgeville Brethren church, 13.55 

Elkhart Brethren church, 120.00 

Mrs. Retta Fortney, 2.00 

Bryan Brethren church, 50.00 

L.stie Brethren church, 9.00 

Mrs. E. G. Mercer, i 00 

N. D. Wright, 1.00 

Mrs. E. L. Goode, i.oo 

Carleton Brethren church, 11.55 

Trinity Brethren church, 2.25 

J. H. Showalter, 2.00 

Carleton (la.) Brethren church, 7.25 

Dallas Center Brethren church, 8.65 

Muncie 1st Brethren church, 11.14 

Altoona Brethren church, 12.85 

Mrs. Edward Reynolds, 2.00 

Peru Brethren church, 10.77 

Campbell Brethren church, 11.50 

St. James Brethren church 8.17 

Mrs. Nannie B. Wampler, 2.00 

Mrs. C. C. Harry, 1.00 

Mrs. George Maggert, 1.00 

Sergeantsville Brethren church, 16.00 

Bratis Brethren church, 11.84 

Uniontown Brethren church, 58.50 

Elizabeth Frazier, 1.00 

Harry Harwood, 2.00 

N. Manchester Brethren church, 45.00 

Bethlehem, Va. Brethren church, . . . 36.75 

Denver Brethren S. S., 6.10 

Sidney Brethren church, 9.36 

S. B. Gillin, 5.00 

Dr. J. L. Gillin, 5.00 

As other reports come in from the churches 

and individual members they will be given 
through the Evangelist columns. We wish to 
thank the contributors that have reported thus 
far. 

R. R.- TEETER, Business Manager. 



Bretliren PubJishing Co., Oakville, Indiana, February 8, 1923. 

Ashland, Ohio. 

Dear Brethren : — For the fifth year we are asking you to send the 
Brethren Evan,gelist into all the homes of the active members of our 
local church, a list of which follows hereafter. We would not want to 
do away with our budget method of sending our official church paper 
into our homes for any reason at all. It is by far, the best method we 
have ever tried. Charlie S. Kern, Secretary. 



Prof. J 
Grant Street, 

Ashland, Ohio. 



Allen Lliller,-...- .- ^^l. 



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Volume XLV 
Number 9 



February 28, 
1923 





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H Breamer 

"Yoar young men shall see visions," 

It used to be said that Hudson Taylor 
was a mystic, a visionary, a dreamer. 

An unknown dreamer dreamed concerning men, 
And what he saw in vision came to pass, 
For he, by faith, had stood on sea of glass 

And heard the Voice, and then he said, Amen ! 

Thereat, he quickly turned from heaven to earth. 
The light of glory burning in his eyes, 
To speak what he had heard within the skies. 

To preach redemption through the heavenly birth ; 

And so he saw what God saw from His throne, 
And thus he wrought according to God's plan, 

And thence through years, though oft rejected, lone, 
He voiced God's message to his fellow man : 

The dreamer died ; they laid him 'neath the sod ; 

But now a countless host adores his God I 

—H. W. F. in China's Millions. 




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FEBRUARY 28, 1923 



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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



The Stewardship of Life^A. B. Cover, 

Editorial Eeview, 

The Easter Offering — L. S. Bauman, 

The Brethren Investment in Argentina — Edwin Boardman, Jr., 

Conditional Gifts to Colleges— G. T. Ronk, 

How to Kill the Prayer Meeting. — Alva J. McClain, 

Jesus in Gethsemane — Geo. S. Baer, 



2 Order of Service — Nora B. Davis, 10 

3 Elements of a Successful C E. Meeting — -Aretha Megenhardt, . . 11 

4 A Message from Dr. Gribble, 12 

5 Football Tackle on the Bowery — Harry W. Keeler, 12 

7 News from the Field, 14-16 

8 Announeements, 16 

10 In the Shadow, 



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EDITORIAL 



The Stewardship of Life 



i 



Life is a sacred trust. The Scripturete teach us that we were 
bought with a price. It was a price inestimable, because it is meas- 
ured in terms of love through sacrifice. In this matei'ialistie age, 
value is chiefly measured in monetary terms; but this does not obtain 
'in the spiritual realm. The motive that prompts action there springs 
from the heart of eternal God. God loved; he gave. The gift was 
a love personified in Jesus, the Christ, who having discharged the 
Meditorial functions, assigned by the Father, became Lord of alL 
Viewing life from this pinnacle it is fraught with grave responsibil- 
ity. 

It must have been a real sense of stewardship that overwhelmed 
Paul on the Damascus road when he made a complete surrender of 
himself to the pleading Christ. The man, Saul the Pharisee, became 
the bond-servant of a new Master. Instead of executing a commis- 
sion of persecution against the followers of Christ, he became a 
trusted leader who heralded the message of life universally; he be- 
came an exponent of a cause he loved more than life itself. This is 
real stewardship. Paul was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. 
What a glorious motive for the genuine investment of life! We may 
seek the content of such a life. 

A life invested, must fundamentally be based upon a knowledge 
of God. Who is God? In raising the question, we may be conscious 
of a Creator. Life is manifested all about us; all nature blends in 
perfect harmony. The universe is controlled by perfect laws which 
portray purpose; back of purpose, is intelligence, mind, and hence 
we are led to Personality. How can we know this supreme Person- 
ality? Here the path becomes clear for it has been manifested. 
Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Jesus said, "He that 
hath seen me hath seen the Father. ' ' So the Creator, through regen- 
eration becomes the Father to t(he new-born individual. Life then 
is related to a Personal God, who knows, who orders, and sustains 
all things. This gives life meaning; it is not a game of chance to 
be loosely played but a gift from the hand of God to be profitably 
invested. 

The heavenly vision that appeared to Paul, gave him also the 
portrait of a lost world. "But arise, and stand upon thy feet: for to 
this end have I appeared unto thee, to appoint thee a minister and 
a witness both of the things wherein thou hast seen me, and of the 
things wherein I will appear unto thee." In the things wherein the 
Lord was to appear unto him was ' ' to open their eyes, that they may 
turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God, 



that they may receive remission of sins and an inheritance among 
them that are sanctified by faith in me." What a gigantic task 
loomed upon his horizon! Yet with a faith undaunted by any ob- 
struction, he waged an unrelenting warfare that ended in glorious 
victory. Are we aroused by the sense of a lost world? Do we see 
a people dead in their trespasses and sins? Do we realize that sin 
separates from God and from life? Does the word LOST strike a 
sensitive chord in our lives and arouse us to the investment of our 
talents to the salvation of lost souls? In the Alleghenies of Penn- 
sylvania, some years ago was enacted a tragedy that aroused the 
people of a wide community to their utmost efforts to find two lost 
little boys. The little lads had strayed from their parents' house, 
and losing their way became the victims of Exposure and starvation 
that ended in death. Parties searched day and nig'ht, that they 
might save these lives and restore them to fond parents. But day 
by day in our very midst is enacted the great tragedy of eternal 
soul-losing, and we are not disturbed. May that sense of steward- 
ship possess us that we may dedicate fully our all to him, and in 
the spirit of the Master seek to save the lost. 

A sense of stewardship that depicts a lost world illumines the 
way of recovery. No sooner had sin entered into the world than our 
first parents heard the curse falling upon them. The curse, "The 
seed of woman shall bruise the serpent's head." In this statement 
is summed up the world's great tragedy; sin in its climax leads to 
death; but through the death of Christ, life is made possible to the 
believer. The darkness of the grave is transformed into the glor- 
ious light of immortality and a radiant hope of joy brightens the 
pathway of life. How may we attain unto this blessed state of 
assurance? Paul again answers, "By faith that is in me." Then 
it becomes a personal matter as to one's attitude toward the plan of 
salvation. Sin entered into the world; God dealt with it; He gave 
a sacrifice. What is my mission? The course is evident: "He has 
done so much for me, what have I done for him?" It brings us back 
to the problem of our stewardship. Grant we have received a vision 
of a lost world; Then God demands that wo enter by the door into 
the sheepfold ourselves, that we go in and out finding pasture, lead- 
ing others who are dead in trespasses and sin into the light of eter- 
nal blessedness. 

The method to be pursued becomes evident in that salvation is 
by Christ alone. In Acts, we are taught, that there is no other name 
given wherein we may be saved but Jesus. So we have an. infall' 



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ble standard. Salvation is obtained by the sacrifice of Christ alone. 
The Law and the Prophets are fulfilled in him; he is the world's 
only 'hope. Yet the sadness that hangs over the world like a cloud, 
is that there are names legion through which multitudes are seeking 
salvation. It seems the stupendous task now confronting Christian- 
ity is to get people to live by faith. That simple trust in Christ that 
saves to the uttermost; "the faith that is in me." That is the 
supreme problem. Is my life dominated